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post #1 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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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 I've 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?
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post #2 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 02:52 PM
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Time. You're in for a much longer time/wait when breeding before you have a 'productive' horse.
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post #3 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 02:58 PM
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Breeding is a lot of time, money and sweat.

There are already so many horses out there for sale.. I would buy, personally!
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post #4 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 03:13 PM
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You shoudl purchase a horse that has already been trained in the discipline you wish to ride. It is Very expensive to train a cutting horse. Plus you have two years of feeding before you even start training . And you have no guarentee that the foal will be any good at it.
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post #5 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 06:06 PM
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sometimes your are not even guaranteed that you will end up with a live foal or live mare. Breeding a horse is a giant gamble. If you buy a two or three year old you are not positive that they will do what you want of them but you have an idea of personality, drive and conformation. You get none of that with a foal.
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post #6 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 08:05 PM
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IF you are comfortable with the idea of losing a mare or foal
And IF you have the time, money and knowledge to raise a foal to breaking age
And IF you are willing to accept that even with stellar parents the foal can end up being sub par
And IF you realise all the stuff that goes into a raising a foal.

Then yes you could consider breeding.
If you answered NO to ANY of these questions, then buy.
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post #7 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ya good points. Time and funds isnt a problem but yes losing one of my mares or their foals doesnt sit well with me.. Looks like Ill be buying
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post #8 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 08:16 PM
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I like breeding because I don't get someone elses problems. I like handling them young and then they are easy to work with and train. That said I think it would depend on the breed. Some breeds and disciplins have lots to choose from why other breeds are hard to find. I did a search for a driving type horse in the 15.1 hand range. Any breed, any age, any price. I came up with 2 that I would have considered and 1 was sold. Most were unhandled prospects and several hundred miles away.There were a few other nice ones but they were over 20K under 10k was difficult. I bred for much less than I could buy something for.
Now if I were looking for a trail or pleasure horse there were many more to choose from.
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post #9 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 08:21 PM
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There's a trickle down effect to purchasing instead of breeding and that is a couple of horses will now have a better chance of a home.
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post #10 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Ya I know there are so many horses out there. But you know how you get so attached to them... Oh well, I can feel good about giving one maybe two horses a great home.
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