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    08-09-2013, 02:12 PM
I will not barrel race her but would like to get two barrel bred babies from her.
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    08-09-2013, 02:17 PM
Did you read the rest of the thread? This horse should never be bred. A horse with crooked legs has a very real possibility of producing foals with crooked legs....hence why a person should only ever breed horses with ideal conformation, temperament, and ability.

Breed her and you run a very real chance of having more than 1 horse that will never be suitable for barrels.
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    08-09-2013, 02:24 PM
Originally Posted by rodeogirl20    
I will not barrel race her but would like to get two barrel bred babies from her.
Please read the rest of the thread. It is highly likely that the resulting foal(s?) would have crooked legs too.
She should never be bred, IMO.
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    08-09-2013, 02:26 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
Breed her and you run a very real chance of having more than 1 horse that will never be suitable for barrels.
Or much of anything. No strenuous riding disciplines, that's for sure.
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    08-09-2013, 03:46 PM
Originally Posted by rodeogirl20    
I will not barrel race her but would like to get two barrel bred babies from her.
PLEASE don't ever breed her or sell her able to be bred!!

I'm a firm believer in never breeding any horse who is not an amazing example of their breed, there are just way too many unwanted horses in the world and much of it is due to people breeding horses who are average or below average (like your horse). I'm sure she's a very sweet horse and she seems perfectly comfortable running around the pasture and may make a good trail horse for pleasure riding, but I would never do high impact sports with her. Her babies would be highly likely of having leg problems too.

And just in case anyone wants to harp on me for not practicing what I preach since I have a horse with a foal in my picture: I didn't breed her. She came to me bred and even though she had a beautiful baby who is very smart and athletic, I will never breed her again.
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    08-09-2013, 03:54 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
Yeah, the only reason I'm considering it for her is

1) If I keep her, she may end up being a suitable kid/beginner horse and I hate mares for that as you can never be sure which dumb butt brought an unmanageable stud to the rodeo/parade/trail ride where we happen to be at. One of my greatest fears about kids riding horses is one of them being on a mare in heat when some idiot loses control of his stud and the stud mounts her with the kid aboard.

2) If I sell her, in spite of all her conformational flaws, there would be some dumb butt out there that would want to breed her simply because of her markings.
Wow, that's a pretty specific "greatest fear" .. and how often does that happen anyway? I know a therapist.....
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    08-09-2013, 04:03 PM
Originally Posted by rodeogirl20    
I will not barrel race her but would like to get two barrel bred babies from her.
Why? So she can produce crooked legged babies?

Have you ever heard of the term genetics? The offspring will inherit characteristics from the parents. Therefore if the mare has genes for crooked legs (which clearly she does), there is a chance the foal will also have crooked legs.

What you want to do is the perfect example of backyard breeding, that completely throws good conformation and structurally sound horses out the window.
    08-10-2013, 02:52 AM
What a shame, she is otherwise quite well put together. With her looks I am sure there are a lot of things she could do - and look good doing it - other than barrels or having babies.
    08-11-2013, 07:23 PM
Her parents aren't crooked though. Where she was bred I was told she never had her feet trimmed so she grew on unbalanced hooves. I don't think she has a crooked leg gene.
    08-11-2013, 08:37 PM
Well, really - to know w any degree of surety whether she was genetically predisposed to a crooked leg, or if it was the result of her dam's nutrition, or some post birth "thing" would be difficult to determine. I would certainly do as much research on her sire and dam as possible, and any other offspring. I would also want a competent vet look at xrays to see if there is anything about it that rules out genetic causes. She is positively a beautiful, beautiful girl. How it is that the leg came to be a bit deformed is really of no importance to the fact - it is. And, I bet it can be managed.

She is yours, and it is up to you what you do with her. I think it is only fair to her to factor in her future when making her "career" plans (e.g., rule out high impact activities).

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