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post #21 of 34 Old 08-24-2010, 06:37 PM
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Ugh, me personally, I don't really like foals. Sure, they're cute and can be really funny, but I own horses to ride them and use them. I had my fun with Rafe, getting him broke to lead and pick up his feet. He didn't need much desensitizing because he is so mellow but now all I can really do with him is feed him and vaccinate him for another at least 2 years before I can even ride him . Boring. Give me a 3 year old, or even 2 year old horse any day. I can at least get them started under saddle and get their mind right for a rider. Groundwork is not fun for me and because I get bored, so do the horses.
I agree I had a yearling filly that was bought by my mom as a whim becuase she was bred so well, then given to me. I played with her some, walked her around, picked p her, feet, brushed her, put saddle pads on her, saddled her up in a kids saddle once. It all got pretty boring. she mainly just stayed out in the pasture with our other yearling, eating. I like 2 and 3 yr olds.
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post #22 of 34 Old 08-24-2010, 09:23 PM
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Speed Racer -

Haha, my aunt looked at me like I was insane when I mentioned wanting to breed Zierra. She cannot understand for the life of her why anyone would want to own a horse they couldn't ride. She also pointed out what an obvious crapshoot breeding is - yeah, when you're dealing with generations of the BEST Arabs money can buy, you're getting good prospects. Regardless of how perfect Zierra's conformation may have been, I have ZERO idea about her lineage or what she'd breed on. People tend to forget that no matter how perfect THEIR horse is, if they had an ugly grand sire that trait is JUST as likely to come through!

Hope you have some luck talking some sense into your sister OP.

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post #23 of 34 Old 08-24-2010, 09:45 PM
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It really is to bad when people breed just for the sake of having a foal, or (my jaw DROPPED hwen i read your story biggrey!) because it makes their mare nicer.
One day i do want to breed and get a foal, preferably from Rena(but we would have to see hwo that goes..) ... My parents (haha wow, thats sounds really scary from someone talking aboutbreeding! but im talking about when im like, twenty or later) would probably be willing to pay for, or go halfway or pay the stallion fees in full, so we could breed to a very nice stallion.
But that is just a dream right now, a thought. I wouldnt be on my own in it either, I would hopefully (the foal would be bred at a friends down in south dakota) go to the farm in south dakota and our friend would help me break the foal and everything, lol. so no worries there. but again, lol, only a dream right now, hopefully one day it will set into motion though!

But there are so many horror stories about people who do stuff like that, in my opinion, the foals life should be planned out before the parents are even bred, and it should be a productive life, not sitting around in the pasture, THEN there should be a back-up plan, who could take the horse in if you for some reason lost all your money for it? then there should be the plan just in case the foal comes out with terrible legs or something and is never sound for riding... where can the foal go? who would keep it? Then youshould have AT LEAST two different trainers who know how to raise/breed and train a foal that will help you.

thats just my opinion in it though.

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post #24 of 34 Old 08-24-2010, 09:57 PM
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err well i know foals can get boring but someone has to train them from a foal or their would be no good old horses now would their but that "someone" won't be me LOL

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post #25 of 34 Old 08-24-2010, 10:12 PM
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^^ Agreed. There are plenty of good trainers out there that enjoy working with foals. I'll stick with the ones that don't get any handling until they come to me as a 2, 3, or 4 year old.
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post #26 of 34 Old 08-24-2010, 10:22 PM
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I'm gonna throw my hat in the ring here and ask this

am I the only person who thinks that foals are absolutely hideous?

Honestly. Their legs stick out in all directions. Their hair falls out in funny ways. Half the ones I see are so downhill they're tripping over their front legs when they build up a little momentum.

Why would you want something you have to stare at for 2 years before you even know if its body is going to catch up to the size of his head?

I'd really like to breed a breed of horse some day for the improvement of the breed and to make wonderful horses, but really.. I'd have love for the broodmares. And I'd love the foals, for what they were. But I definitely wouldn't be sitting around staring at their good looks all day!

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post #27 of 34 Old 08-24-2010, 10:26 PM
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Roflmao.
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post #28 of 34 Old 08-24-2010, 10:48 PM
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Bahahahaha, that's exactly how I feel about children kmac! I have zero maternal instinct and I think every single baby is just a hideous monstrosity of wrinkled flesh and red skin. Once in awhile I may think a toddler is cute, but it's rare. For the most part, I detest children.

I can't say I find foals hideous at all. They're never pretty in that awkward 1-2 year old stage, but as newborns, I can't get enough of them.

smrobs - Haha, and we've discovered that Shay-las forte is working with youngsters! She's like a drill Sargent, and produces fantastic youngsters that are ready to go onto careers. Almost every horse she's sold has gone on to be a fine child's mount (she always had ponies) so I think she's resigned herself to that fate!

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post #29 of 34 Old 08-24-2010, 10:54 PM
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Hahahaha MM today I saw a little boy who looked exactly like a Cabbage Patch doll!! He was so hideous!

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post #30 of 34 Old 08-24-2010, 11:03 PM
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Shoot, I grew up with a kid (he was a week younger than me) that looked exactly like the Joker when he was born. That creepy, too-big smile with the curled up edges .
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