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The best month for breeding a mare

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Dee
Yearling
Username: Dee

Post Number: 77
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 05:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I really would like to know what other people are doing about the 2007 breeding season!
My big question is what month do you think is the best month to breed a mare if you want a early baby?
Meaning early in the breeding season like Jan. to like April! I would like to breed my two mares on a month so that in 2008 they can have there babies in a warmer month, so I won't have to worry about how cold it is!
If anyone has any suggested month please let me know!
Thanks in advance!
 

Heather Kutyba
Breeding Stock
Username: Heatherck11

Post Number: 365
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 12:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dee,

I think your answer will be determined on where you live. Weather will be of concern if you are looking for it to be warmer.
For myself, I like early foals. Preferably Jan or Feb babies. Because breeding is such a crap shoot, I start in Feb. to ensure I have multiple months ahead to still try if the mare doesn't catch.
BUT, I live in Texas. If it gets "cold" (to us Texans), I put up radient heaters in the barn..and viola! it's just fine. We have more problems with rain than cold. Not to mention, our summers are blazing hot, so I prefer to have older babies by that time.
With all that said, if you don't care when the foal is born, there is no true time table.
 

Elise Krueger
Nursing Foal
Username: Elise

Post Number: 18
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 06:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dee,
Because we A.I. our mares, our mares are put under lights beginning November 15. Both pregnant and open mares. We breed as soon after Feb. 15th as we can. We generally do not breed back in a foal heat, but will short cycle the mare
back into heat following her foal heat....and as Heather said it can be a real crap shoot so you've got a longer period of time to work out any problems you may run into by starting as early as possible. We live in northeastern minnesota and also use radiant heaters and foal blankets. Has worked out well for us. Where do you live?
 

Dee
Yearling
Username: Dee

Post Number: 78
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 08:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok that makes things a little easier. I live in Nebraska so it gets pretty cold at times!
 

Tiffany Wright
Nursing Foal
Username: Wrightkoss

Post Number: 19
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 01:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I don't know if you are AI or not but if you are breeding naturally, you are going to probably have to wait until your mares start shedding for them to take. They typically don't go into heat until that time. In Nebraska, I would recommend waiting until May - June to breed your mare so that you can have a foal in April - May.
 

Dee
Yearling
Username: Dee

Post Number: 82
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 06:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks! I was thinking around April, but I didn't know if that was the best month for breeding. So you could have a foal in a month were it's warm.
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1163
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 01:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There's an article presented on this web site that asks When Should You Breed Your Mare? that may be thought-provoking.
 

Dee
Yearling
Username: Dee

Post Number: 83
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 03:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks I think I will breed my mare to have a spring foal!
 

Dorthy Brown
Yearling
Username: Dodib

Post Number: 60
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 07, 2007 - 01:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I live in Mi and am going to start the first breeding in early March. Hope the mare takes. She is my daughters show mare and we are hoping she will still be able to use her at her 4H fair in 2008(we are not going to bring the foal) So we are hoping for an early foal, be able to have it weaned and have her back into some sort of "show" shape for the 4H fair by early Aug. If she doesn't take in March then my daughter probably won't be able to use her for fair and oh well she will have to deal with it but that is what we are aiming for..........
After the cold we have had this week here in Michigan I really may want to reconsider this plan it has been very very cold!!!
 

Dee
Yearling
Username: Dee

Post Number: 84
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 11:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Same here in Nebraska! It hasn't been over 35 degrees in over a week!
That is kind of why I am waiting for the perfect month to breed my mares, I don't want it to be to cold when the baby is born!



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