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post #1 of 52 Old 12-02-2014, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Contemplating keeping as a broodmare?

Alright, so I have posted about this horse a couple of times. We are attempting to sell her because I think she is too much for me. Recently, I started researching retraining and would like to try it on her. She is a purebred Quarter horse with good lines and I am contemplating keeping her and getting her bred to another purebred Quarter horse with good lines. She is small though. Would that affect her? She is around 13hh. I have had babies before but never had one actually foaled. Any advice? Also, I was reading that you have to separate the pregnant mare from any other mares you have. My other two horses are mares, would I have to separate her? She is very herd bound, would I have to get her over that first? Any information you have would be very appreciated! Also, one last thing, do they have to foal in a stable? I just have pastures.
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Is this the same horse that bucks/colics? I want to be sure before I respond, so I can do so appropriately. Also are you prepared for the $$$$$$ that comes with breeding, foaling and the after care? There's so many things that can go wrong and so many things that could make this baby be your worst nightmare.

I will say that it is not a wise idea if she is to undertake this. If she is prone to colic that can make this very hazardous to her health if she's not with an experienced breeder. If it is indeed this horse then I would not breed her because of her temperament, and illness. Personally focus on retraining with the help of a good trainer, solving any health issues and then re assess her for breeding. Keep in mind a foal from her might be to much for you too.

As for seperating it's ideal (how will you wean the foal later) and be able to step in. I think with the breeding it's best to take a step back and focus on making her a productive equine for riding if possible instead of producing a 50/50 shot, no matter her bloodlines.
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More than bloodline how is her conformation? How is the potential stallion's confo? Do their faults and attributes balance out? And if she is that small and you want to breed I would to a smaller stallion that is about 14-15hh. My mare is 8 months along and still with all her pasture mates (1 mare and 2 geldings). You may want to separate them when foaling is close but that is as easy as putting them in a pasture with a shared fence line so she can still talk and see them. I dont have stables either. Wild horses dont either and they foal fine so I wouldnt be worried about that.
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Yeah definetely get training riding and health issues out of the way before even thinking about it. Age also plays a factor older mares are harder to get and keep in foal. And so far( and this is cheap compared to what other people put into their mares) I have probably put $2,000 towards this foal and thats not including the stud fee or mare care for the month she was at the breeders. That is in vet visits, food, supplements, foaling kit, etc., etc.
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She is the one that bucks and colics but after taking her off Alfalfa she hasn't done it since so we believe she is just sensitive to alfalfa. I don't know what stallion we would use yet. We would not be keeping the baby, we would be selling. I am actually learning from a vet so a lot of the check-ups and things I could do myself. I would call in a vet if I noticed anything weird. She has very good conformation at least that my inexperienced eye can see. She is gorgeous!
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Pics? And would the baby be marketable? My mare is a Mustang that I bred with a QH and I was asked if anyone would even want a cross but I have already had 3 people offer to buy it so I know I CAN find a home if I need too but I plan on using it as my mares replacement since when it will be time to starting training it will be time to start retiring my mare.
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Unless she is an absolute diamond that would be valued very highly - leave breeding to the professionals with fantastic bloodlines who are happy to spend good money on top quality stallions.

There are plenty of good broodmares with proven show records. IMO you could end up breeding a mediocre horse that will sell for very little, probably not paying it's way by the time it is sold.

Stop for a minute, open your mind, learn. You may not agree with what I say, I may not agree with what you say but we will both learn something new.
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If you are inexperienced, you won't be able to pick up on those things in her conformation that will carry through to the offspring. Post some good pictures here, from the front, both sides and behind, with no tack on, and the mare standing square, and we shall see what the conformation people make of her.
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You have a mare that you are trying to sell because she is too much for you...., she has a history of colic AND bucking, and she is smaller than you like, BUT, she has good bloodlines, so lets breed her......

This mare has done absolutely nothing to prove that she is worth keeping, let alone breeding, but your plan is to have a baby to sell?

The sale barns are full of young horses, people are near giving away, or are going to kill buyers, and you think this is a good idea?

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Unless you want TWO of what you have, don't breed the mare.
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