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Not sure if this will happen - I'm just amazed that when my son asked my husband if we could get Whinny in foal he actually said I suppose! I didn't even consider he'd be remotely open to the idea, so have never bothered even researching.

Whinny is a decently built Standie trotter(not pacer), albeit a bit narrow chested, sound(despite previous race training & other injuries) & sane, easy going. She's the first mare I've owned that I would even consider breeding(Darcy & I have discussed her suitability, but hypothetically, because I never dreamed...). She's also a... floosie who sidles up & stands nicely for her boyfriends to do the deed when she's in season - well, my brumby, when my old boy gives him the chance actually does the deed! Tho I would LOVE a mule, so I'd love to find a Mammoth Jack to put over her. - they're few & far between, so would very likely not be paddock served but IVF.

I have very little experience with breeding at all - worked on a stud farm training weanlings years ago, and have trimmed at stud farms since, but in relatively total ignorance to the whole breeding side of horse keeping. Only know that horses are in season approx monthly, more so in Spring(now!) and they're pregnant for almost a year. So have a lot to learn. Darcy, studying Equine Studies this year probably knows more than me about it at this point. So we have a lot to learn first, before realistically considering 'taking the plunge'.

So... anything you experienced people can 'learn us' more please, I'm all ears!? I of course will not just rely on this forum, but speak to my equine vet and also take myself back to a good local stud I used to work at & pick their brains...

Also necessary/normal costs, aside from stud/straw fee would be... unwelcome :p but helpful. I appreciate fully that things going wrong could blow budgets, but I'd like to be realistic about what it's likely to cost before I decide.
 

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First thing would be to have the mare swabbed for any infection - especially as she has been covered by the gelding.

If you are going the AI route then you need a good experienced vet to palpate her to see when she is going to ovulate and, to use the straw.

Once she is covered she needs to be kept away from the boys, especially as she is a floosie! I have known a few mares who, even though pregnant, have stood for being covered again - and again.

Scanning to avert twins.
 

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^Oh right. I'll only have to keep her away from the brumby, as her 'main man' gets excited but has exactly no clue what to do about it! Pony doesn't even look at her. So would I need to keep brum separate from her for a couple of months, or...? He only shows interest when she's in season & surely she's not likely to feel... oh I just remembered when I was pregnant...

We do have a very good equine vet close by - she has quite the reputation and is a nice person too - haven't actually used her as a vet yet, met her when she sedated & knackered a feral, foundered donkey while I trimmed him & seems we were both impressed in eachother - she knew about hooves and I get a few referrals out of her too!
 

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^Oh right. I'll only have to keep her away from the brumby, as her 'main man' gets excited but has exactly no clue what to do about it! Pony doesn't even look at her. So would I need to keep brum separate from her for a couple of months, or...? He only shows interest when she's in season & surely she's not likely to feel... oh I just remembered when I was pregnant...
LOL!
When I was standing a stallion we had a mare come in for covering, she would soon come into season and stay in for a couple of months. No good repo vet around and way before scanning.
She finally went out and stayed out of heat.
PD and blood tested at her home, not in foal. She than ran out with the stallion for three weeks before returning home in the September,
Owner decided to continue riding and hunting her. Late in the seaso, end of March time, owner and I were out Hunting on gate duty. As we trotted dowmmamlane to catch up with the Field, I realised that Meg (the horse) was very uneven on her sides. Looked at her udder at the next gate I got off to close and saw she had a bit of a bag.
She foaled to the first coverings.

More than one mare I have known remain flirts when in foal and will try to seduce geldings.
 
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