Future mommas and the riding colts
So, I came up with this plan that i am going to get pictures of all the colts we are started, before they are conditioned for the sales, then pictures of them right before we take them to the sale. I think it will be kind of cool to see the difference that a little work and condition will do to these colts.
I also got pics of alot of the expecting mommas too.
First up are the riding colts:
P.J. (short for Porkchop Jr.)
Palomino, Coming 4 yr old, Gelding
Blue Roan, Coming 4 yr old Gelding
Scratch (she was range colt and attacked by a mountain lion as a baby, she has a large scar across her hip)
Bay roan, coming 3yr old, filly...(maybe expecting?)
She is mine, hopefully my future cow horse.
Dirty Buckskin, coming 4yr old, Filly
Palomino, coming 5yr old, mare
Sorrel, Coming 5yr old, Mare
Dun, coming 7yr old, Mare
coming 4yr old, Filly
Buckskin, coming 8-9yr, Mare
(Mom to Missy)
Red Dun, Mare
That's A LOT of babies! Nice looking horses.
Nice looking horses but just curious why breeding such young horses? 3 and 4 is awfully young to be breeding especially not really having a career started that young.
What sale do you take them to?
Wow thats too bad. Understandable about not being about to say anything. Too bad gonna ruin nice horses. I'm assuming he doesn't do anything with these horses other than sell them.
It's not going to ruin them at all. They have reached sexual maturity and can physically handle the foal. Most foals wiegh less than 100 lbs at birth so the mare is not really carrying too much extra. When you are in the business of producing horses you have to carefully manage the number of horses that you are feeding. By that I mean that if he wants 15 foals per year and he wants to sell horses at catalog sales then he needs 15 mares 15 foals 15 yealings and 15 two year olds. Thats 60 horses and he can't be feeding horses that are not making money so he can't just let the mares sit in the pasture until they are 6 or 7 years old.
3 years old is too young to be breeding. There are plenty respectable breeders that don't start out at 3 years old. He obviously isn't using them for anything other than selling them.
More power to him if he wants to breed young horses. I don't think it's a wise choice for anyone to do. The horse market isn't what it use to be and it won't be anywhere near it for many years to come.
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