Should I breed from mare?

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I have a pigeon-toed mare bred from graded, sound parents. Vet thinks due to poor trimming as a foal. Is it unwise to consider breeding from her?
 

windand rain

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No but there are probably a million reasons not to.
Depends on why you want to
what you are looking to breed
Are you prepared to lose the mare foal or both
Are you prepared to PTS or keep forever a disabled or less than perfect foal
would you prefer a filly or colt or does it truly not matter
can you cope with the foal being smaller or bigger than expected
do you have a lot of money that you can afford to lose
do you have the time for a youngster
are you going to keep it or sell it
do you have facilities for mare and foal at weaning
will you have young sane but playful company for it
have excellent farrier with remedial experience
etc etc etc
On the otherhand choose a stallion that improves on your mare
has a superb temperament
is trainable and kind
is not heavier built than the mare it should always be blood over bone
make sure he is not more than a hand bigger
He is sound and has youngtock with talent in your field of competition in work
choose to compliment your mares talents
etc etc etc
Having a foal in your life is a very expensive nerve wracking joy but not for the feint hearted
 

TheMule

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Slight pigeon toes are an acceptable conformation flaw for me if everything else is good so it would depend on the degree of the turn in and how flat the horse lands
It won’t have been caused by a lack of early trimming, rather it wasn’t corrected by early trimming.
 

Goldenstar

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I forgiven horses being pigeon toed twice because they had such nice temperaments both went spectacularly wrong it’s not a fault I would ever forgive now .
 

milliepops

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my mare is pigeon toed which improves with fitness but being critical her legs are also back at the knee. People asked if I was going to put her in foal when she was off work with (unrelated) injury and I said no because of that. is yours only pigeon toed or is there anything else associated with it?
 
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my mare is pigeon toed which improves with fitness but being critical her legs are also back at the knee. People asked if I was going to put her in foal when she was off work with (unrelated) injury and I said no because of that. is yours only pigeon toed or is there anything else associated with it?
Just pigeon toes.
 
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