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post #1 of 38 Old 08-09-2013, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 38 Old 08-09-2013, 11:57 PM
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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.
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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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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.
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Truth. I think I'm gonna 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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post #6 of 38 Old 08-10-2013, 12:22 AM
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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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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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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?

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post #9 of 38 Old 08-10-2013, 09:58 AM
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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.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #10 of 38 Old 08-10-2013, 10:22 AM
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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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