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post #1 of 11 Old 01-28-2010, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Breeding my mare

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I have a 5 yr old ,15hh mare that i would like to breed in about 2-3 years, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on stallions: please also feel free to critique my mare for wha would be best as to what kind of a foal i want: any stallions welcome, warmbloods, TB's, appaloosa, no paints or quarter horses please, no western horses wither.. sorry


Here is what I would like in a foal: for hunter/jumper
-height (15.3-17hh)
-good color
-capable jumper/hunter
-good temperment
-long body, not too compact
-good mover
-Sire doesnt have to be proven, but over 3 yrs of age
-Sire could be proven as well, doesnt matter
-i would prefer to see what the sire has produced against other mares of any type.
-Good bloodlines



Here is my mares Pedigree: please look at it too

http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/windy+sea+breeze

Here are some pictures of DeeDee thru the years growing up: a link- please look thru it as well
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-28-2010, 01:59 PM
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I personally would not breed your mare. But if you are very adamant about breeding, please choose wisely. Your mare is sickle hocked, over at the knee, and fairly fine boned. Not a good combination for a jumper. Have you thought this through thoroughly? Are you fully ready to care for a mare in foal? Pay for vet visits, possible complications, etc? It would be much, MUCH cheaper and smarter to purchase a prospect. Breeding isn't all it's cracked up to be. It is a nice experience, yes, but only when done right. By breeding you are putting your mare and the resulting foal at risk of death. Are you ready to accept that? Also, please breed a marketable foal. Even if you think you can give it a forever home, circumstances change and stuff happens. The way the market is, nothing is selling. Right now we're having trouble selling a well bred, well broke, beautiful paint mare with a huge amount of potential. She's lised at $500, well below her worth. And no biters. At all. So please, if you DO decide to breed, do it wisely. But I strongly advise you not to.
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-28-2010, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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I said of i was thinking possibly breeding her in about 2-3 years
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-28-2010, 03:51 PM
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Conformation doesn't change when a horse is fully grown.

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post #5 of 11 Old 01-28-2010, 03:54 PM
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I understand that, and I still stand by my views of not breeding her. Her conformation leaves alot to be desired. She's cute, yes. And has a pretty color. But that alone does not equal breeding quality. I personally think my gelding is absolutely gorgeous, and when I got him I wanted to keep him a stud. However, his conformation is awful, so away went his manly bits. My grandmother's two mares are gorgeous, but neither of them are breeding quality. IMHO, a breeding quality animal needs to have proven itself in SOMETHING. Whether that be showing, competitive trail, working on a ranch, etc., just something. A breeding animal has to have nearly flawless comformation and a decent temperament. The real reason to breed isnt just to have a kyoot baby to grow up with, it is to wisely choose a good cross to better the breed, one animal at a time. Just because an animal is cute or pretty does not mean breeding quality.
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Exactly.

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-28-2010, 09:27 PM
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somthing bugs me about her neck and her. seems fine boned. plus, wha is a western horse wither? i think she should be bred to a QH so she would produce a thicker foal. I have seen qh become great jumpers.
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-28-2010, 09:45 PM
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OK even though you may not agree with the womans decision to breed, she was not asking you for your opnion or critique on her decision.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-28-2010, 10:16 PM
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No, but she DID ask for what studs. I gave my opinion and said that if she absolutely MUST breed to choose a stallion that will balance out her faults and add some thickness to her. In this market it is just plain stupid to breed anything. Why not spend less money and buy a weanling if you want a baby so bad? Less heartache and you aren't putting your mare at risk.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-29-2010, 03:58 AM
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OK even though you may not agree with the womans decision to breed, she was not asking you for your opnion or critique on her decision.
Actually, that's EXACTLY what she asked for if you could be bothered to read before posting snide comments. She specifically asked us to select a stallion AND critique her mare for what sort of foal she wants. Which is exactly what people are doing.


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