breeding my mare
i am new to the world of horses. I am almost at retirement age, and got my first horse a year ago. I fell in love with a horse down the street from us, every time i would jog down our road, one of the horses came up to meet me & I got "hooked", so we purchased a mare lat year & really love her!! My question is, she is 9 years old & I am in the position to where i can afford to board another horse, so why would i not breed her & raise a little colt, of filly? Do you have to have the vet involved? Can you not just put them in a field with a stud??
Foals are A LOT of work and NOT for the inexperienced owner (which at a year in, you are considered inexperienced). There are so many horses going to slaughter because people have the exact same notion you do, then when their cute little foal turns into an ill-mannered 1000lbs horse who has absolutely no respect for humans and they can't give them away, they send them off to slaughter because no one else will deal with someone else's problem.
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If you're new to the world of horses, you don't have the experience to raise and train a foal properly.
I wouldn't worry about breeding right now. You need to learn how to ride and care for your mare before you can even think about bringing another life into the world.
Also, many boarding barns don't want the hassle of a youngster unless they specifically bred their own mare for a personal foal. Foals are cute, but if not brought up correctly they easily become holy terrors and unmanageable.
Yes, the vet should always be involved when breeding, even if the animals are pasture bred. The mare deserves the best prenatal, pregnancy and postnatal care available.
I suggest you get the book Blessed Are The Broodmares and read up on what can and does happen in many instances. It may change your mind about breeding.
Breeding is not a butterfly farts, rainbows and sugary candy. Its a TON of preparation, stress and takes a ton of experience and knowledge in order to do it successfully.
first off, what does your mare have to offer the horse world? What's her conformation? and dont say perfect because there is no such thing. Every horse has faults. How extreme are the faults? What has she done in life to warrent producing a foal? Does she have a money will show record? Hows her personality? What else? What's her pedigree consist of?
what genetic testing has your mare had? Any? Horses have genetic diseases and disorders that can be fatal. Horses should be tested negative for them before ever even considering breeding.
a vet should always be involved! Do you have kids? Did you have a obgyn? Did you go for monthy visits? Did you follow a pre natal diet? Did you have your shots?
breeding is EXPENSIVE! You shouldnt just breed to Joe-Stud-Muffin down the road because hes there, or "is a pretty color" You would need to find a stallion that makes up for your mares faults. Is the best possible cross for you mare. And will produce a marketable foal that is WANTED by someone. Not just you.
what happens if you ever have to sell? If you bred a crappy foal, your going to be stuck with it. Which is why your breed the best to the best...and hope for the best.
are you prepared to lose your mare? The foal? Both? Labor can go wrong at any time. Its a fact of life. You breed for horse number 2, and end up with 0. It happens. Its something you have to consider and prepare for.
sure foals are cute and sure they are fun. But, what about the tens of thousands of horses already born that sit in the slaughter house without an owner? Waiting to die. You could save one. Perhaps one day the foal you produced ends up there. How would you feel?
there are so many other options then breeding.
do your research and keep an open mind. Breeding is hard work, very expensive and shouldnt be done by anyone inexperienced in equine genetics or horse care in general.
breeding a QUALITY foal takes a ton of effort.
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You haven't got any knowledge and you are a novice. From your questions you have no business even considering this. Why not go get some foal that can't find a home and get your baby fix that way. At least you won't be adding to the population of many babies that people like you have bred. Sorry to sound harsh but you really need lots more knowledge on horses in general let alone babies.
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