Poll Recap: Spring Foalings

Of the 395 respondents, only 109 respondents (28%) said they're expecting a foal this spring.

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Spring is an exciting time of the year for horse owners. The grass greens up, temperatures rise, the daylight hours start to increase, and on some farms, spring means foals frolicking around in the fields.

Do you have a foal due this spring? We posed this question to our readers in last week’s online poll. More than 375 people responded, and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 395 respondents, only 109 respondents (28%) said they were expecting a foal this spring, while the remaining 286 respondents (72%) said they were not.

Additionally, more than 60 people commented on their responses: 

Many people commented about the foal(s) they are expecting this year:

  • “I have a Quarter Horse foal due at the end of March.”
  • “Connemara/WB Cross”
  • “I have three foals due, which include two Thoroughbreds and a sport horse mare.”
  • “I have a foal due at the end of May. The dam is a Peppy San Badger Mare and sire is AQHA Tinsel Jac.”
  • “We hope they all arrive after the wind and rain leave!”
  • “Very exciting! I owned our mare’s grandsire decades ago and now we are expecting his great grandfoal.”
  • “We have 10 foals coming April-May.”
  • “We have five due in April. We call it Christmas!”
  • “My mare is due to foal mid-May.”
  • “This will be our Hanoverian mare’s 10th foal and she is 14 years old.”
  • “A foal due to 23-year-old mare sired by Blame. This will be her last foal and then she retires.”
  • “2 Pintabian foals”
  • “We've got 13 on the ground so far with another 26 due between now and June.”
  • “An RDA pony bought last summer as not in foal is due any time now.”
  • “Maiden mare, due mid-April.”
  • “We have 11 foals coming.”
  • “I am very excited. Exceptional Straight Egyptian expected, and an 87% Araloosa!”
  • “C-line jumper stallion x thoroughbred mare... it should be a big baby!”
  • “I raise curly Appaloosas and have 3 coming this year. I did not have any last year.”
  • “I have a show jumping foal due in June.”
  • “About 10 foals by Going Wild, a Thoroughbred stakes winning stallion of $513,200. He died at age 14.”
  • “It's not mine, it's my trainers, but I can't wait. It will be a purebred Morgan.”

A few readers commented that their foals had already arrived:

  • “He arrived January 7, 2016 at midnight during a snow storm and in the low minus 20s.”
  • “Well, maybe not spring, but today she was born.”
  • “I had a Thoroughbred filly born in February.”

Several respondents shared why they chose not to breed their horse:

  • “Between the cost of raising a foal, and overpopulation, I've opted out of breeding again this year.”
  • “There are too many unwanted horses to warrant breeding my mare.”
  • “There’s more than enough horses that need homes, not adding to it!”
  • “There are too many horses from over breeding already. There are great horses that need homes.”
  • “Nope, I suck at training!”
  • “Too many horses on the market, no local demand for my quiet, sound homebreds.”
  • “I don't have the skills to train a foal, or the money to pay someone else to do it.”
  • “With the unwanted horse situation, I cant condone bringing more horses into the world.”
  • “There are plenty of horses, so I don't breed.”
  • “Love the babies, but there are too many unwanted horses already so I don't breed.”
  • “I love playing with my friends' foals, but don't have interest in breeding one myself.”
  • “We have a large herd of mostly older horses. No time for a young one right now.”
  • “I only own a gelding. I let other people do the breeding. Sure like watching foals though.”

And others left general comments:

  • “I raised a foal some 15 year ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
  • “I have only rescue horses.”
  • “I do not have any horses.”
  • “I own geldings only.”
  • “The second and last foal I had is 13 this year. I would like to breed her someday perhaps.”
  • “I am a retired breeder who always bred with a ‘purpose,’ not the market or for rescue.”
  • “I am a new horse (mini) owner. I bought 3, knowing one of the mares is pregnant in May.”
  • “Well I hope so. We are trying to get one more foal from our 33-year-old miniature stallion.”
  • “Nope, but I had one last spring. Now she's a cocky yearling!”

Need to get prepared for your new bundle of joy? Learn more about newborn foal care,  how to predict when your mare will foal, what’s normal behavior for mares and newborn foals, and more at TheHorse.com. You can find additional resources on our “Foaling and Foaling Problems” topic page. 

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About the Author

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master's degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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