Turning a Broodmare into a performance horse???
Okay, so I'm buying another horse, well a 16ish hand high, Mare. is what I'm after, to do Eventing with.
I've found this one, and really like the look and sound of her. But she's had a foal (yes I know shes very green inexperienced etc. that's what I'm after, a project kinda thing to do Eventing with.)
her ad -
Beautiful well mannered Broodmare or Project - Warmblood - Horsezone
Because shes had a foal, just weaned, will this be bad? or affect her in anyway with her performance as a Eventer?
I've heard that some mares are satisfied after having just one foal and then a better performer.
I would suspect it wouldn't be at all a problem, but some of you might, so please anything you think or even that I should look out for, like if shes had a infection before, during or after the pregnancy.
(your welcome to critique the horse) (:
Another question - does anyone know of a serious competition Broodmare? or a mare that's had a foal or two.
random bit of info, if it somewhat helps -
I have a mare that has had foals before, we got given her with another horse we have, shes 16 years old, and performs great, never puts a foot wrong, shes a ex endurance horse, so shes a tough Crabbet Arabian. I have done ODE's on her, 80cm, and she was perfect. But shes not a serious competition horse. So even though she has had foals, can't tell without pushing her through her paces.
Now that I think about it, she was still seriously competing after her first few foals. And was still winning, in her Endurance with her previous owner.
lots of mares have foals and then go on to compete, i know one grand prix SJ mare that had a foal at three before she started her career. lots of sporthorse mares will have a foal before they are even broken in, i worked for a breeder who did this with all her mares, they all went on to be succesful, probably even calmer because they had already had a foal.
i have a mare that was mustered from the wild, she had obviously had foals before and came pregnant, i have had no problem breaking her in and starting her riding career, lol and she was wild to boot. i did wait for her foal to be weaned tho...
You know who Sapphire is right? The show jumper? She had two foals and then returned to the show circuit. It's very possible to show a former brood mare. The ones who've had lots of babies just might have that little extra tummy from before.
mm, thanks heaps guys!! (: and no, i haven't heard of Sapphire!
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