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post #11 of 18 Old 07-01-2008, 12:30 PM
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Instead of breeding a designer foal, why not buy it "pre -made"?

(or is that what you meant)
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post #13 of 18 Old 07-01-2008, 01:08 PM
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...besides, I don't think any farm would have both a stud and a mare that I would consider "designer" quality...I'm kind of picky

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Instead of breeding a designer foal, why not buy it "pre -made"?

(or is that what you meant)
yeah, that's what I meant
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post #15 of 18 Old 07-01-2008, 07:43 PM
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I think it's just another ploy to make money personally. Everyone thinks that if they breed their train wreck of a mare to a world champion bloodline stallion they'll end up with this "perfect horse". I think the biggest thing that ruins the horse market and kills horses every single year is the "I want to breed my mare because she's so nice and I want to have a piece of her forever". You're mare isn't breeding material, quit while you're somewhat ahead!

Same goes for people who keep stallions solely because they are homozygous or some "exotic" color. Without the personality, conformation and potential to do SOMETHING (halter, performance...) you don't have breeding material.
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post #16 of 18 Old 07-01-2008, 08:55 PM
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I mean, some top-quality studs will offer world-class mares and stallions to choose your cross from, so you can choose which mare and stallion you want your foal to come from. I think that's a brilliant idea over breeding a mediocre mare because the owners can't affoard to buy a world-class mare. That way we don't lose out on quality, and a nice foal is born from it.


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I mean, some top-quality studs will offer world-class mares and stallions to choose your cross from, so you can choose which mare and stallion you want your foal to come from. I think that's a brilliant idea over breeding a mediocre mare because the owners can't affoard to buy a world-class mare. That way we don't lose out on quality, and a nice foal is born from it.
That's exactly how I feel
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post #18 of 18 Old 07-02-2008, 02:00 AM
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Same goes for people who keep stallions solely because they are homozygous or some "exotic" color. Without the personality, conformation and potential to do SOMETHING (halter, performance...) you don't have breeding material.
This is so true...When looking for a future stallion to breed our mare SS/AI to, I looked through hundreds of homozygous stallions to find only a handful that had excellent conformation, pedigree, performance record, and progeny record. The homozygous factored seemed to be valued above all else!

I don't know if I am against the design a foal idea because if someone is willing to pay for it (as opposed to breeding whatever they have in the backyard) I would think they would be putting a lot of thought and research into it.
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