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post #1 of 4 Old 08-02-2013, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Creating a replacement

So here's a question.

Let's say you have a stud who is conformationally sound (no huge issues other than the normal little imperfections of all horses), and has a personality to die for. Meaning, you can show / ride next to a mare in heat and he just rolls his eyes at her & goes on with whatever he was doing. During breeding season, he will act more interested in them in that instance, but nothing more than a "hey how you doing" little arch of the neck. When it's not breeding season, you are comfortable having pretty much anyone ride him. As far as bloodlines are concerned, he is out of the Impressive line, and is hypp n/n. He is performance bred, but leans slightly more towards a halter build.

You are a small local breeder who limits outside breedings to a max of 4 a year only to select mares and does not ship semen, and only breeds 3 of your own mares to produce babies to sell. You have no desire (or abundant funding to go to the big time shows), and are content to stay local & within your state. But would like to try and continue to keep the breed "true".

Here comes the question, your stud is getting up there in years, do you breed for a "next generation"?

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-02-2013, 08:03 PM
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you should already be breeding for a next generation to improve the breed, since you are breeding. You should never breed without improving the next generation.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-04-2013, 02:50 AM
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"Next generation" as in a replacement for the stallion in question? Yes, i believe there would be no harm in watching future colts he produces as a possible replacement. Especially if you plan on continuing to breed your mares and want a stud on site for them.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-04-2013, 10:44 PM
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I guess it depends on what you plan to do with the "next generation" are you looking for more of the same? Is it really worth keeping a stallion? Genetics don't always pass the way they should. If you are willing to breed for that next generation and geld that next stud if he does not have the personality than its a different thing. No horse is going to fully replace this current stallion, so as long as the horse you/they keep is as good as or better its a fine idea. Its when you start to back slide that you get in to trouble. Just because his father was great does not mean that the offspring get a life time pass to the fun games.
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