Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: State College, PA
Who says my mare has a nasty temperament? She's a TB mare...she's got attitude but she is by no means nasty. Just because a horse is not a beginner's horse doesn't make it nasty and I don't appreciate you bad mouthing my mare Centrestableswendy.
I have been looking to break my mare's maiden to facilitate eventually breeding my next show horse and would like to do so before she gets much older. I have been looking at different studs and my first choice has always been a welsh cross for her first. She is a very well bred, well made mare and her lack of a show record is through no fault of her own as I have not had the time or inclination to campaign her. It does not mean that she is not a stellar moving, very athletic and trainable mare. The few local shows she has campaigned at she has never been out of the ribbons and judges across the board from hunters to dressage have loved her and I had a few ask me if I planned to breed her.
I also have several potential buyers already for the foal as they like my mare and her conformation so much. And a TB/Welsh cross even if both parents are registered is still a designer mutt of a horse. I am considering this stud for his advantages of strength of bone, conformation, size and personality. His lack of a show record is not a priority to me because I'm not looking for the next pony medal champion. If the foal turns out to not be pony size, so be it but it would be stupid to breed without a goal in mind for the baby and it's potential use wouldn't you say? It would also have a forever home with myself if any complications, health problems etc arose or a suitable home could not be found.
I appreciate the concerns regarding breeding, but one lone breeding where all of your concerns have been previously weighed by the owner and contingency plans are already in place is not the cause of over population. Putting animals together because you can or because you want a baby or because they just happened to escape together is the cause. Not to mention those that are breeding multiple mares to an unregistered stud. Select breedings to even grade studs is acceptable in my opinion if you are breeding for the right reasons (conformation, personality, trainability) and you are realistic about the limitations of such breedings.
I would rather have a hardy crossbred grade pony from well built parents than breed to most known APHA, AQHA and TB lines to name a few that have genetic defects, foot and leg problems and digestive problems known in their lines. Not to mention most of them can pass on less than stellar personalities and trainability. Forgive me if you think anything not registered is a sin but I happen to prefer it as far as health and temperament are concerned.