To breed or not to breed - need some advice from some first time breeders....
Hello everyone - thanks in advance - this forum is always very helpful.
I was considering breeding my mare this spring. Timing works out well as my husband and I have been talking about a 3rd child, my mare has pretty intense heat cycles which - I've heard - can be helped by having a foal and I've always wanted a 2nd horse (in 5 years to ride). It would be nice to have my mare out of commission during the time I'm pregnant and have a newborn.
I don't go about this lightly - my mare is a lovely mover and has good conformation - so her baby should be quiet nice. I would send the mare to a professional breeding barn to foal and stay until weened. Baby would then stay with professionals (where I would visit) until 4 or so when it was ready to be really started under saddle. I have no delusions that I can do this myself.
I'm looking for feedback from those amateurs or maiden breeders about their experience. Was it worth it? Was it a difficult experience? Would you do it again? I've done a very vague budget of $6k for the "getting her pregnant" - which I'm hoping is about right.
I have to say I've gotten nothing but negative feedback from trainer, vet and friend's regarding breeding. It's not the mare - they all say it's just better to buy a foal in a few years and not go thru the difficulty/expense of breeding. For me I see it as I have this lovely mare, I would like a 2nd horse, I will not be riding for a year and a mare who would benefit from foaling if it helps her heavy HEAVY cycles.
Here is the mare if anyone has stallion recommendation. I've been looking at Paparazzi and Escudo I or II. 16hd out of Fabuleux (Fabuleux x Roxand VA/Rosentau/Weltmeyer). Here is a link to her picture:
She is a beautiful mover and has quite a jump. Her biggest weakness is she is super smart - but can be quite opinionated under saddle. I wouldn't mind a carbon copy of her - with improvement on trainability part.