Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Saskatchewan Canada
If you know what you are doing, or get someone to help with the foaling process, it is your decision. No one can make it for you.
They can tell you pros and cons of breeding, but you are the one to make a decision like this.
You have to consider things like:
- what is the purpose of the foal
- is your mare in a good overall condition and breeding sound to carry a foal to term with no problems?
- you also have the risk that the foal, mare, or both will not survive while foaling.
- are you financially able to care for a pregnant mare
- do you have the proper facilities to have a foal
- will you have a vet on standby or close enough to get there if any problems should occur
There are many, many people on this forum that are against breeding, as there are so many foals that are off to slaughter or are mistreated because of irresponsible breeding. So if all your looking for is a young horse to train, maybe your best bet would to be to buy a weanling and not have the risk of losing your mare in the foaling process.
BUT if you truly do want the experience raising and training a foal, breeding would be your best bet, IF you breed to the right stallion to get a good resulting foal.
To answer your questions, the best time to breed (in my opinion) is spring or early summer, when your mare is cycling. That way, you will get a foal in the next spring. You can cross breed, but crossing certain breeds together can result in a messed up foal, conformationally. What breed is your mare? What breed were you considering breeding her to, if you choose too?
I personally love foals. I am planning on breeding my quarter horse mare in a few years to a different breed, and my other quarter horse mare to the same breed. I am wanting to cross my one with an andalusian, as, if I pick the stud accordingly, the foal will result in a good conformational, good minded foal.