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Here is the deal... the mare that we are breeding to Elvis White Diamond had a dirty culture. The vet basically said she is a little dirty from being open all year.. We can flush and breed her and have a june 2014 baby or wait until feb/march 2014 to breed and have that january 2015 baby....

This horse isnt destined to be a halter show horse its entire life, definately will be a horse that will be ridden and shown under saddle with some halter showing in its younger years..

HELP FORUM!!!! What should I do!?!?
 

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WHATS UP HORSEFORUM....

Here is the deal... the mare that we are breeding to Elvis White Diamond had a dirty culture. The vet basically said she is a little dirty from being open all year.. We can flush and breed her and have a june 2014 baby or wait until feb/march 2014 to breed and have that january 2015 baby....

This horse isnt destined to be a halter show horse its entire life, definately will be a horse that will be ridden and shown under saddle with some halter showing in its younger years..

HELP FORUM!!!! What should I do!?!?
Is this upcoming foal going to be nominated to any futurities? If not, then breeding late won't cause any disadvantages for showing. Early birth dates are an advantage when being born in Jan will give you a more developed and mature looking foal for weanling and yearling futurities. If the foal will just be shown in hand as more of something to do until it's old enough to saddle and ride, then it doesn't really matter.

HOWEVER, it's getting late in the year for breeding and many stallions close their books around June 15-30 because collecting and shipping viable semen is tougher in Jul-Sept and can interfere with the stallion's showing schedule. Are any of those things factors for you?
 

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Luckily the mare and stud are less than 2 hours apart so the shipping thing isnt a big factor. It would be nice to enter into some weanling and yearling futurities but its not a big deal for us.
 

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Luckily the mare and stud are less than 2 hours apart so the shipping thing isnt a big factor. It would be nice to enter into some weanling and yearling futurities but its not a big deal for us.
If you're at all interested in doing some kind of baby futurity, wait and breed in early to late Feb for a Jan baby. Do you have a good enough set up to handle the foaling out and keeping a foal and mare safe from a bad winter? That's another consideration. I like having early babies, but if you don't have the facilities, foal watch can utterly suck in Jan/Feb and having a sick baby is a possibility.

If you're not interested in futurities, I'd get on it and get her bred as soon as she's clean. Even if you can do live cover, the stallion will lose some fertility during the hottest part of the year. Not to mention, dropping a foal in June is right in the middle of bug season.
 

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personally, I would breed for the june 2014 baby. The summer months are great for foals to be born and grow, and if you are not set on showing in a bunch of age specific events I think its better to have them born when a horse would naturally foal out, april-july.
 

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Do you have a good enough set up to handle the foaling out and keeping a foal and mare safe from a bad winter? That's another consideration. I like having early babies, but if you don't have the facilities, foal watch can utterly suck in Jan/Feb and having a sick baby is a possibility.
As someone who had meager facilities and was surprised with a foal in Wisconsin February, certainly not a wonderful experience unless you have an enclosed barn and a good stall. I bought a mare that caught a few weeks before we got her, and expected her to foal the summer we got her, not knowing when she was bred. A whole year of waiting, checking every cold, winter night was worth it, but I would never do it again without facilities or great incentive. Keep that in mind when you breed next year. But it does pay to mention that a foal in the cold is better than a foal in the midst of heat and bug season. Takala, my filly, wore a jacket for her first week of her life, and then she was good all by herself. Foals can adjust to cold better than heat, as can most horses. My filly was also born with a winter coat, which needed to be shaved off a few weeks ago because it wasn't shedding out.
 
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