Shetland ponies are good broodmares
Our pastures are located around the stud. The ponies are completely outside every year from the end of April. Each stallion is assigned its own herd of mares, into which other mares are also integrated for covering. The foals are born from March, the last are born in the herd on the pasture.
The young ponies, the young stallions and the young mares are also grouped together in herds and taken to separate pastures.
At the beginning of July, the foals come to the foal show for assessment by the breeding manager and other representatives of the breeding association. Here, the foals, which are particularly similar to the classic pony type and who are outstanding in terms of movement, receive an award from the association. On this date, every foal is registered with the breed association and receives its own horse passport.
A few weeks beforehand, the young mares are entered and accepted in the stud book. The best of a year are invited to the state premium mare selection. In this selection, the best candidates for state premium mare will be chosen again. After successfully passing a performance test in front of the car and a foal, the mare then receives the title of state premium mare. Our broodmares are highly awarded, most of them are state premium mares, one mare even received the federal premium and we have several mares that are allowed to carry the title of elite as well as performance mare.
The stallions remain in the herd of mares until around August. Then they are separated from the mares and are added to the herd of young stallions. Since they have known this common attitude with the young stallions from an early age, the ranking is established after a short time.
All mares spend the autumn together with the foals in a large herd. Depending on the weather, they are usually brought to the stable around Christmas at the latest. The mares and stallions are housed in individual boxes. In particular, the feeding behavior of the pregnant mares can be monitored well. The young horses come back to the open stables, separated by sex, together with the weaned foals. Unfamiliar foals can also be retired for rearing with us.
In October the young stallions are also licensed by the breeding association. After successfully passing the preselection, it goes to Verden for the licensing. Only the best of the colts are raised as stallions and prepared for licensing.
Our ponies are regularly vaccinated, dewormed and introduced to the blacksmith.
We attach great importance to good fodder, we get grain and straw from our own cultivation, we buy hay from established farms.
Unfortunately, we cannot always keep all ponies. Therefore we also offer ponies from our breeding for sale. Not only for the family and for sporting purposes, but also for setting up our own classic pony breed, we are ready to sell high-quality breeding animals if necessary. In cooperation with other classic pony breeders, we are also happy to pass on pony searches. Further information on classic ponies is also available from the German Classic Pony Interest Group.
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