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    08-09-2013, 11:52 PM
Breeding grade mares?

Simple opinion question: would you breed a grade mare if she had a ton if potential to throw an amazing baby for your sport? I personally don't like to breed a mare unless she's got conformation and bloodlines and papers to back it, but I've recently acquired a mare that I think would throw amazing barrel horse babies. She's supposedly full blood quarter horse, but no papers on her. I'm sorely tempted to breed her, but it goes against everything I usually stand for! She is way overweight right now and I'm fixing to start her on a diet and excersise plan as suggested by some very helpful members of this forum, so it will be at least next spring before I breed her. Would you do it?
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    08-09-2013, 11:57 PM
Probably not. I am a firm believer in having a reasonable amount of knowledge regarding what to expect and, even if the mare herself is amazing, you don't know what is back a generation or two in her bloodlines. She could have a nasty temperament or a bad conformational thing hiding in there just waiting to pop up on a foal.
    08-10-2013, 12:01 AM
That's kinda what I was thinking, but oh so tempting! She in herself will probably not make a barrel horse for the simple reason she's 8 years old and just now getting broke. But she is the softest mouthed gentlest tempered horse I ever met in my life. But she is not lazy either, no buck, no running off I've not had a problem at all breaking her in. Oh I wish I had papers on her!
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    08-10-2013, 12:06 AM
Heck, she's still a youngster. Plenty of time to make a barrel horse out of her, especially since you don't have to worry about damaging young growth plates.
    08-10-2013, 12:09 AM
Truth. I think I'm going to try her. I have to get some weight off of her though. She is on pure weed ridden pasture and staying fat as a hog! Fixing to have to dry lot her. She's such an easy keeper it's ridiculous.
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    08-10-2013, 12:22 AM
I'd breed our grade mare every chance I had, but she's too old.

I know, I know, no papers bla bla bla.

She's an angry lil pony, but built right! And if I had her 10yrs ago, I'd have bred her in a heartbeat.
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    08-10-2013, 12:37 AM
I have a American saddle pony/ poa mare that I've bred a few times. First time she got bred was before I bought her and she was bred to a twh, and he was the most amazing horse. Absolutely awesome. We bred her a few times after that because we had people basically begging for her foals. She was bred a total of 4 times and everyone of her colts turned out amazing. And they sold just as soon as we were ready to sell them. But on most horses I won't breed them unless try have conformation, bloodlines and papers to prove it. That's kinda my motto. Lol. But occasionally you get that once in a lifetime grade horse that you just gotta have a colt out of. I'm extremely picky about those once in a lifetime horses though. Too many $100 worthless horses running around. Nobody wants them and they don't have what it takes to make a trail horse. Bad deal right there.
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    08-10-2013, 08:12 AM
You should start a barrel horse registry! Then she could be registered, lol. The ranch horse people did, and the sport pony, and the spotted saddle horse, et., so why not?

    08-10-2013, 09:58 AM
Green Broke
I had a lot of people tell me that we should breed Mona again. She came to us in foal, and her 1st baby is a great little horse.
I'm glad now that we never bred her ourselves since she's starting to have stifle issues as she's getting older. We think it's due to injury, but a part of it may be genetic.
With grade horse you just never know.
    08-10-2013, 10:22 AM
I have a QH mare that I rescued..
She surprised me with a filly 6 months later. That filly is correct and IMO a purebred QH. Everyone that sees her wants her.
If I knew the sire I would take this mare back and breed her again.
Instead I did breed her to my black Arabian stallion.
I do believe a horse with good conformation, and abilities should be considered for breeding papers or not.
It is cheaper to buy a grade IMO than to raise one. Shalom

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