I've dipped my feet into this subject before. But now I'm looking more seriously into this since I won't be able to ride my mare next year...or maybe ever. She has been diagnosed with degerating bone/arthritis in her hock. It's NOT genetic/hereditary, it's from the bacteria infection that she got 2 months ago. She will be going through surgery to help scar the bone so the bone stops degererating and to shape it smoother to allow more freedom of movement.
I'm doing absolutely everything that I can for her to recover and hit the arena, but it just may not be possible for her. She is on Pentosan joint supplement (similar to Adequan) oral supplements and rest. We will consider hock injections. But I also don't want to put all the time and effort into training her, just to have her break down on me. It's not worth it to push her to run when she physically is not able to. So I won't be doing that.
My vet says she is 100% sound to be a broodmare and the weight of the foal will not cause her any discomfort. By the time I breed her, she will be sound for trail riding/pleasure riding, but may never be able to hit the arena. I'm highly disappointed because THIS was the mare for me. This is the conformation I wanted, the lines I wanted, and all because a little (well...HUGE) infection, I can't use her.
I'm attaching pictures of my mare and her pedigree. I am VERY familiar with the top lines in the barrel industry. I've done my own research, being a barrel racer, I'm very interested in these top horses. But I want others opinions on what is going to be the best cross conformation wise and pedigree wise for my girl.
I want to produce a DESIRABLE, ATHLETIC, and CAPABLE foal with a high resale value incase I ever needed to sell. (I mean really, who knows what my future holds, what if I die? My mom can't have 6 horses, nor does she want that many.) I don't breed often, actually I've only bred one mare and she's currently 7 months pregnant, but I'm not one of your half-ass backyard breeders. I get all the vet care needed for my mares, and so much more if anyone has been following Rumor's injury/illness thread. I wouldn't even be thinking about this unless I knew for sure that my mare can bring something to the table, so to speak.
Anyways, in your knowledge, and opinion, which stallions are going to cross the best with Rumor. Here is all her information, pedigree included.
Lil Bit Illegal, 2007 Brown Appendix Quarter Horse
15.1 HH & around 1200 pounds when at full weight
Illegal Runaway x Lil Bita Zevi
NOTE: These are not conformation pictures. She's not standing square and they aren't the right angles.
What I'm looking for in a stallion is a competitive, athletic, fast horse. Good bone, straight legs, 15-16 HH, Nice conformation. I want a stallion with a proven show record. Great pedigree is an absolute must.
Price at this point in time doesn't matter to me. Although I can't spend $6000 on a stud fee otherwise I'd be booked to Frenchman's Guy right now.
This is all still up in the air right now. I need to discuss it further with my mom. I am very nervous about doing AI, I've tried it once and got nothing but bills, but most of the really good stallions are way west of me and don't do live cover. Besides, I don't want live cover with this mare.
I have a list of stallions I've been looking at, but please post your ideas! I'm open to a lot right now!