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post #1 of 3 Old 03-21-2011, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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What would you do?

Okay so I board at an awesome eventing barn, but my mare can't go any bigger than 2'6...I DO NOT want to sell, but my grandma offered at one point to let me keep her at her place and she'
d build me an arena. Her place is about 20-30 mins away, and the place we board at now is 8-10. I could probably get another horse, with more jumping ability if I went there, but I wouldn't have cross country jumps, etc. Or I could breed my mare later on, in high school and get a nice jumper out of her, and keep them at my grandma's. Which should I do? (BTW if I bred I would ALWAYS keep both, my mare has GREAT traits, and is that rare Rocky MTN color, I dont just want to "breed my pretty girl pony and get a cute wittle baby ponieeeeee!!!!") If I bred at what point would be best for me to breed? What year in HS? Thanks everyone! Also, is there enough money in Modeling, etc for me to sustain another horse (to board)? And how much does it cost to keep a horse "at home"? Sorry for all the questions....thanks guys!!
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-21-2011, 08:51 PM
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I would not be breeding. By the time you pick out a suitable stud, breed, have the baby, raise and train the baby who knows what will be going on in your life. If you want a jumper, buy a jumper in this case.

Could you lease out your current horse to bring in some extra money maybe?

20 minutes isn't all that bad, so personally I would do that. I'd just spend some money and make my own jumps and have fun with it.

If you're using modelling to support your horses, I'd be very careful with that. It's generally not a very reliable source of income for most people and can end at any point. I would want to have a reliable stream of income to support your horses and then just use the modelling to supplement.

Do you plan on going to university when you graduate highschool?
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-21-2011, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I plan on going to a University. The reason I'd like to breed is because I love my mare's traits, and would like to pass along her genetics for a while. The stud I have my eye on produces mainly fillies of the mare's color and temperment and his gaits and jumping abilities. Also, I am uneasy about leasing her out because she's in training sort of, so the wrong hands might mess her up. My horse is 13 or so right now, so by the time I leave for college she will just need light work, and I could probably lease her out then. Thanks for the information! After I posted this question, I looked up modeling, and decided that it was NOT AT ALL a good idea. haha
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