Breeding vs. Buying
Im trying to decide on breeding or buying. I have two great mares that have proven their worth. They have done in many disciplines, ranging from 4-H and gymkhanas to cutting, team penning, ranch work, and now reined working cow horse. Both are getting older, one is going to be 17 and the other will be 12. So Ive just been thinking about prospects to bring up. The 17 year old is Bailey and the 12 year old is Tony. I worry about breeding Bailey bc of her age even though I keep her in good condition. Tony could definitely handle breeding. I think about breeding them bc of their great abilities, their intelligent, very well bred, and good conformation. I just think they could produce great horses with the right stud.
On the other hand there are so many people breeding and they could be just as great. Bailey I bought as a 6 yr old so she already had the training on her. Tony I bought as a 3 yr old to train and we have done great in whatever we have done. So obviously I could buy another and still have a great horse in the end. There is also the fact that I stopped team penning and started reined cow horse. We are all learning the new rules and getting back to cutting. Last year we did alright and in the next couple months I plan to do some clinics. Im not sure I want to ride in a new event and have one or both pregnant. Plus my younger sister uses Bailey as her 4-H horse.
I just would like to know what drives you to breed or buy?