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To breed or not? ET or Natural?

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Michelle S
Neonate
Username: Macca09

Post Number: 1
Registered: 06-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 02:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a rising 3 year old WB filly. We're tossing up whether to try ET the filly this season or to put her in foal naturally. Personally I'd like to be able to start some constructive work with her in the later part of her 3 yr old yr so hence ET is the better option in this respect. HOWEVER... the filly unfortunately is offset in the front legs (inherited from her dam) When we bought her as a foal it wasn't picked up by us or the vet. Ordinarily I wouldn't bother breeding from anything with such a confirmation fault but this filly is excellent in every other aspect except for the front legs & both sire & dam are well performed. What I would like some advice on is whether it maybe more beneficial to put her in foal naturally and don't start her properly under saddle until she is more mature as a 4 yr old so as to give her more time to mature physically & mentally especially given the fault with her front legs which would predispose her to splints especially when young... Any advice would be great!
 

Rusti
Breeding Stock
Username: Rusti

Post Number: 453
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 11:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm no expert on breeding but I have read alot on skeletal maturity and I would imagine the strain of a pregnancy would be just as bad as the strain of a rider. And she's going to be giving more to the foal as it grows and less to herself so it's not gonna do you any good waiting on her to mature while she's trying to grow a foal, unless you aren't concerned with her growing to her full potential. My mare was 3.5 when I bought her last fall (September) and I didn't know she was pregnant. She turned 4 this spring and had her foal in May. Yes she grew a little, but no she did not mentally mature any, if anything she's more of a brat now that she has had her baby lol. I hated that I put in 3 months of training 6 days a week and then she got to take a 10/11 month break from it. But on the other hand I wouldn't trade my foal for the world.

Anyhow...if your filly inherited a leg issue I would be too afraid her foal would end up with it. I would wait until she's at least 4 to breed her if you are really set on getting a baby from her. Just my .02.
 

Michelle S
Neonate
Username: Macca09

Post Number: 2
Registered: 06-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 06:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Rusti, what you said re skeletal maturity makes alot of sense when you think about it. That was another concern I had about putting her in foal naturally because she is a pretty slow grower & maturer anyway hence the advantage of ET. As far as her leg issue, I know there is the added risk that her foal will also inherit it. Her mother has had 3 foals & my filly is the first to inherit it unfortunately. But her type/movement/temp/pedigree are excellent so it would be a waste not to try to get something out of her.
 

Rusti
Breeding Stock
Username: Rusti

Post Number: 459
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 06:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

No problem Michelle...there's an article floating around somewhere about the timing and rate of skeletal maturity...not sure who it was that wrote it but you might be able to do a google search and find it. It's a good read. If you decide to do the ET keep us updated. Got any pics of your mare?



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