Horses are a pet of choice here in Rio Blanco County. With so many horse owners in both Meeker and Rangely you are bound to have a lot of horses babies. Sometimes a horse will turn up pregnant with an unplanned pregnancy just like in humans. This can happen when a horse gets loose and breaks through a fence or if horses that shouldn’t be together are accidentally put together. In order to prevent your horse getting out be sure to plan a safe and reliable fence for them.
More often then not though, horse pregnancies are carefully planned. An owner may choose to breed their horse for any number of reasons. Some owners have a horse that they really like the traits of. Due to the fact that many times certain traits can be passed down to a horse’s offspring, an owner may breed their horse to get a horse with the similar traits that they already like in their current horse. They may also breed their horse to another horse they like traits of or request the foal of a friend’s horse for the same reason. The traits that a person may breed to get out of the new foal can be anything from color, to temperament, to work ethic, to build.
If you choose to breed two of your horses then it is simple for you to do so whenever you wish. You can either put them together in your pasture and let them breed naturally or you can have a vet or breeder help you artificially inseminate them. Either way be sure to have your mare under vet supervision during the pregnancy to help insure that both the mom and baby are healthy. The vets in Meeker are very good as are the vets in Vernal for the Rangely residents.
Many times when people choose to breed their horse they choose to breed it to another horse that they don’t own. This could simply be the horse of a friend or it could be a breeding horse of a professional breeder. If this is an agreement between friends you still want to have a contract in place to help ensure that both parties understand the agreement and to protect everyone. In the contract you will want to state if there is any stud fee for breeding, who will be responsible for the vet fees associated with the pregnancy and after the birth, and who gets the foal and at what age it will be separated form its mother. There should also be information about how and when the breeding will take place and how many attempts at breeding a live foal are acceptable. Although you cannot take and copy another person’s contract you can search the internet for many examples of horse breeding contracts to get an idea of what you would like to include in yours. America’s Horse Daily has a lot of tips as well on what you may wish to include. Top Stallions also has a sample contract that you can look at.
If you choose to use a professional breeding service for your horse you have many options. There are small breeders here in Rio Blanco County. There are also breeders all throughout the USA. You can do a search on the internet and find any number of options. Breeding fees will vary depending on what you are looking for. They can be as little as a few hunderd dollars and go up remarkably from there. If you are working with a professional breeder they will have their own contract to protect you and them. Make sure to read and understand the contract fully before signing. They usually will offer either live cover to breed your horse or artificial insemination. Most of them can also ship the semen across the country to you for an extra fee.
Whether you breed a horse using your own horses, friends’ horses, or a professional breeder’s horse be sure to get the proper vet attention for the mother and foal.