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I am thinking of breeding my mare and was wondering about your opinions on her? Her back legs might look weird due to an old injury in possibly both of them :( She has had 3+ foals in the past and was a very good mama. Here are some pics.
BTW I am looking to breed a cowy, athletic foal.
Lil Miss Poco Doc Quarter Horse
 

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how did her babys turn out? are they doing well in their discipline?? shes really cute! lol but i dont know that much about breeding
 

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I'm not sure about her previous babies. They were from previous owners and her last foal was kind of "backyard bred", although he was at the site when we bought her and gorgeous! She is from Florida and was bred a few times there too, not sure about those foals either...

I would stud her to probably one of the studs at my trainers house who have won lots of money in ranch penning and sorting. They are all gorgeous studs that are incredible in with the cows and perfectly well behaved around the mares :)
 

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BTW she's 14 turning 15 in August. :)
 

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I think go for it :) as long as you are prepared to keep the foal, or find it a good loving home if it doesnt turn out the way you wanted.
 

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Oh definitely! :) Thanks. Any other opinions?
 

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First if you have not yet I would get her HERDA tested. If negative then I would think about it. Her shoulder is a bit straight and her loin looks a bit long and week but could be the pictures. With the right stallion perhaps.
 

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She has decent conformation and I don't see anything wrong with her legs but they pictures don't really give you good conformation shots. I would say if you aren't planning on breeding the next Superhorse then go for it. A good stallion can give her a boost in areas she may be lacking and if you raise the foal right then you should have a decent little horse in the end.
 

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Thanks everyone! What exactly does HERDA mean? :p
 

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Thanks!
 

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I agree. She's a very decent looking mare, you don't need conformation shots to see that. As was stated, she has a few things that could be improved upon, but that could be helped by selecting the proper stud (proper stud not being the "best", proper stud being the best match for HER). She doesn't appear to have any glaringly obvious fault that would scream "Don't breed me!" I personally LOVE the way she's built. Just a very good looking mare.
 

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I think she's pretty good looking for being 14 and bred before. However, I really don't like how she rests that back leg.. Mine have only rested on the toe, not with the whole foot flipped over... I just don't like that. Otherwise, I wouldn't be against it, she's decently bred, and if it doesn't turn out how you'd want it, you have then a position to sell it on...
 

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Her resting on that back leg has nothing to do with breeding quality.

Is THIS particular mare cowy? If not, you're going to have a hard time of getting a really cowy foal out of the mix.

Honestly I would breed to a bigger name stud--then you'll have a LOT of options, a REALLY nice foal in case you can't keep it for whatever reason (losing job/bad economy), and a much better chance of the horse being cowy.

You could then be really specific about colors too, if you wanted a certain color from your mare with all of the studs to choose from. Hehe! That's always fun too.

Your trainer's horses are probably nice studs, but I'm talking national winners. Your mare is going to need a stud that stamps his babies with a nice shoulder, a shorter back, and a better rump. With all the babies they have a year, you'll be able to see how his get look and see what the stallion imprints on his baby. There are plenty of gorgeous stallions that became gorgeous geldings because they can't pass their traits on--you have a much better chance with a horse with a 1,500-2000 stud fee. And if for whatever reason this is out of your price range, you may want to reconsider breeding--it is VERY expensive to raise a baby (please ignore this comment if you've had babies before! Trainers make it look very easy but the vet bills, the feed, and babies ALWAYS find trouble... it adds up VERY quickly and you can't ride them for a few years!). The stud fee will be the cheapest part, so if you want a really nice foal... I'd breed to the absolute best that you can!
 

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Thanks for all of the complements! :)

Her resting that back leg is only because of the old injuries and after she gallops out to pasture, etc, her back leg gets sore so she holds it like that.

We are very busy in the horse department right now, i.e. sorting and penning, my sis and I are on a drill team, and we are starting to play horse soccer, so we probably aren't going to breed her quite yet, we need to get everything sorted out with our busy schedule.

My favorite of my trainer's stallions is absolutely incredible with the cows, he is one of the best sorting horses I have seen. He is so fast with them and sensitive with commands. He is trained very well and cuts the cows like a maniac.

Anna, the mare shown above, however, hasn't been introduced to cows as far as I know. She really isn't capable of the quick turns, running around after the cows, etc, with her bad back legs.
 

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If that's due to an old injury, I'd probably breed her, but only after a vet gives the OK. I just wouldn't want to add any extra strain to her day, you know? I also agree you should pick a higher-bred/proven stud, just to ensure you have as bright a future possible for the baby!
 
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