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I bought Rosie towards the end of November. The lady I bought her from SAID she was feeding her 1 gallon of grain in the morning and 1 gallon at night, along with hay. Not to mention she had a yearling filly from Rosie in the paddock area.

My dilemma is that I'm feeding her the same amount with a comparable feed. She had her feed mixed at a co-op and I don't have one close enough to me to do that. I'm feeding her the Purina Molene 200. It doesn't have quite as much molasses in it and the corn is ground instead of whole kernal (like was in hers). I noticed a couple of weeks ago how much better she was looking since I've had her up here. But today, I noticed that her sides are starting to protrude a little...just in the stomach area.:shock: She's not putting any weight on in her hips. I mess with her every day too. Today, when I was brushing her and looking at her, I ran the brush under her stomach (as usual), she actually turned and looked at me. Not in a bad way, but normally she stands statue still when being groomed in the stall.

I emailed the lady this evening to ask her. I know for a fact that she has 3 or 4 stallions there. I also called her trainer. Neither have called me back yet. I've never personally owned a mare before...until now. And with her temperament, I had considered breeding her, but wanted to wait a couple of years just to be sure it actually was something I wanted to do. When does a mare start showing if she has been bred? Is there any way the vet can check her without going through the ultrasound? I hope I'm just being paranoid.
 

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they can check by stickig their hand......in there..yeah..... and i think with weefoal. Also, it depends completely on the mare. some show at 7 months, some at 10 months,depending on the mare.
 

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I'm going to say that she would probably start showing at 7. The one the lady had wasn't the first baby of Rosie's. As a matter of fact, I think she had bred her at least 3 times. Not to mention, she was far from being in shape when I bought her. She has literally come a long way just in the 2+ months I've owned her.

Horses normally carry for 11 months? I can't remember what I was told years ago. And should I go ahead and have the vet out to check her. I mean if she is in foal, I need to change her feed to make sure both her and the baby are getting what they need...right?
 

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yes, on average 11 months, give or take. defiantly have the vet out, if she is, read all you can about pregnancy and raising foals. NEVER feed the preggo mare fescue grass. pm me and let me know once the vet is out.
 

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Her free access hay and bale hay (for the stall) are both orchard grass. I know the guy personally and have seen the field it comes from. I guess I'll make the call in the morning. Of course it's snowing tonight...so tomorrow is probably out of the question for a non-emergency. But hopefully later in the week...before we get the 20+" that they're calling for this weekend.
 

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Ok...update. The trainer just called me. There is a chance that she was bred by the barn help who wanted a baby out of her and one of the lady's studs. If so, she is bred to a black Tennessee Walker. He told me not to worry. Just to watch her as the days start getting longer. He said she'd more than likely come into season with the first stretch of pretty sunny days that she can actually be out in.
 

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Oh gosh! Well I hope all goes well, and yes, a vet is the best idea. With all this dang snow I hope it isn't going to ice tomorrow. You know how Spotsy Schools have missed THREE DAYS this week. Ugh, hopefully everything goes back to normal tomorrow. Except for MORE frickin' snow this weekend! They're callin' for about 12 inches! Ugh! Well good luck:)
 

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Also, please don't breed her based on her temperament.

It's her termperament, and her build (when she's in good shape). Not to mention, she's double registered with the Tennessee Walking Horse Association, and the American Racking Horse Association.

She was underweight when I got her, but I have seen pictures of her from before the lady cut back on all of her horses feed because her husband being out of work. She also has a very nice, natural gait; and throws some beautiful babies (I've seen pictures of them also). If she's not bred now, I was looking at this stud within the next couple of years...just not this year. Carvins Cove Stables

He's been sold, but I emailed and now have the information on the new owners. I just hope they still have him when and if I actually get ready. Of course, if she's already bred, I won't do it to her again.
 

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Build doesn't change with their level of fitness, it's their bone structure. As for the stallion, he's nice but IMO not stallion quality. He's very pretty, but I'm betting if he was any other color he would be a gelding. He also hasn't done anything but stand there and be pretty and make babies. And registration has less to do with breeding than conformation and accomplishments, IMO. If you do in fact choose to breed, breed to something that will provide you with a well built MARKETABLE foal, because nothing is ever set in stone. Breeding is very expensive, and many times if you breed to a lower quality stud you will not get what you put into it to have that baby. Not to mention the obvious risks to mare and baby.
 

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I thought the pictures below the main one spoke for themselves. I wouldn't be breeding for the looks of a show horse. I want the solid structure with a good level mind. I know that in breeding there are no guarantees. But IF she's bred now to the stud that the trainer told me about, I already have 2 people, that he spoke to today, that want it just because of it being from Rosie.

Besides, what is marketable in one place, could not be marketable in another. Ty was not marketable in this area...because he didn't jump. He was shown only as a WTC horse. Took him to where I'm from, traded him for Rosie, and gave her money to boot. She sold him for $1000. I only paid $200 for him from a lady in MD, and Rosie's previous owner only allowed me $400 as a trade. It's all according to preferences.
 

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They're supposed to be out in the morning. Weather permitting that is. We're supposed to get between 16 & 24" of snow starting tomorrow morning at about 10. They're supposed to be there at 11, but that was the quickest they could get out.
 

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They didn't make it out with the snow coming. She said the earliest would be later next week. So, I have the lady that I ride with call her vet and see if he can see her when the roads clear enough for me to get the trailer out. I've got to find out soon. If she is, I want to get the inside stall ready. The barn has 5 stalls, 1 being used for hay. 2 open up to the paddock area (1 of which she's in), and 2 inside stalls. The BO's miniature donkey had her baby in one of them this past July.
 
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