I breed Bernese Mountain Dogs and show professionally. Not local fairs and matches, but professionally. If someone came to me to breed their female and sent a photo of the type like you are showing your mare, I would not be interested in breeding to a female that looks like a pet dog.
I would hope you do not take photos like that to show a potential sire owner. It doesn't show your mare to advantage at all, more like somebodies trail horse. I know a professional dog handler that also shows/raises Polish Arabians and in every photo, the horses are standing beautifully and there is no guessing what the horse looks like.
I have a beautiful true Blue Roan QH mare that has very good conformation, temperament, head, etc but I just had her spayed because I did not want to deal with having foals, and I have had many stud horse owners of beautiful QH wanting to breed to her.
If you are having to look for cheap stud fee or one who takes payments on the stud fee, then possibly you are not ready to have a mare in foal.(I know I have to explain to dog people that having a litter of puppies is not going to make money, between stud fees, taking care of the bitch, whelping with hopefully no problems, food, vet care, shots and the possibility of losing a bitch or a litter, most people decide to spay their girl and not risk it.) Has your mare won points in real Arab shows? conformation, performance? Or just local shows with no points? Again, as in dogs, you can take your dog to a match or fair and say"my dog is a grand champion at the fair, or Best of Breed at a match, "but the dog has never competed at national levels in real shows.
I looked at your web page, and while it is a very nice web page, it doesn't really say much about your horses or yourself except that you show(and place) in barrels, poles, riding, etc. Has your mare competed and won at the true Arabian shows? Not state level 4-h or pony club? If not, do you truly think your mare is breeding quality. Maybe get a true Arabian handler or breeder to go over your mare and give an honest opinion on her breeding quality.
I also work for a vet and have seen many many horrible outcomes of mares being bred and either dying and then trying to hand raise a baby, the foal dying, or other such things. I truly thought about breeding my mare, but with a chance of things happening to her before, during or after having a foal, I decided I would let the real horse breeders do that. Plus, where I live in Wyoming, we have pages and pages and pages of people trying to give horses away or for very cheap because of the economy. These are warmbloods, Arabs, QH's, Paints, just about any breed you can think of. People are dumping live horses in the deserts to live on their own, there are so many horses that are not wanted, why bring more into the world.
The big joke at the BLM these days is the way to catch the wild horses is just shake a grain bag. How sad is that?
Last edited by wyominggrandma; 02-21-2010 at 03:46 PM.