Honestly, when people are 'into' and making money out of breeding and selling grade and rescue horses, I will butt in and say it's not right. PM me if you'd like, don't go beating me for expressing my opinions when you don't know any of the story.......
Just say no. There are plenty of PMU babies you can buy if you want to raise a foal. Don't bring a draft cross mutt into the world just for your own gratification. In doing so you will be denying another foal or horse a good home.
But, I'd just like to point out that draft x sporthorses make great eventers, fox hunters, etc. They have (if crossed with a Thoroughbred, for example) have an awesome temperment (from the draft) with an athletic body.
Bottom line....If you are planning on making the commitment and keeping the foal for the rest of its life then go for it. If you are planning on possibly selling the horse as you stated, I would think twice. Its difficult to sell a cross bred horse for the money it takes to get it to the age to sell. Its tough enough to make money on a purebred horse when you consider the cost of feed, vet and other incidentals and time involved in raising a horse. I think there are more horse breeders going broke then getting rich.
"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened..."
- Anatole France
I don't agree with back yard breeding but that my own opinion, but I also wouldn't think of this as back yard breeding.
I do agree though if you plan on keeping the foal, It doesn't sound like your doing this for money or anything, you are just doing something for your daughter (was that right?) and I think that's great. It sounds like you have put alot of thought into this. I hope that all the breeding goes well. I also hope that the training for the foal goes well, good luck.
I don't think training the doal will be too hard. The stud and my mare have both proven themselves to be extremly trainable. Never a hard time out of either of them. So Im told by the stud owner. Although he isnt quite broke yet. Hopefully the foal will have the same nature.
Tomorrows another day, and Im thirsty anyways, so bring on the rain.
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Hey there :) . I reckon you should breed your mare, after all she is yours, and your reason is good enough :P Although horseluver has a good point in over populated horses, but as you said, you would never send any of your horses to the slaughter yards...
Cute tricks are pretty cool too, hehe... Goodluck with the foal