Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Please read this blog:
It might help you understand where we're coming from.
In this economy, grade foals like the one you're thinking of producing are selling for $25 at auction.
Some food for thought:
What will make your foal stand a better chance of finding a good home than the next one? Nobody can ever say that they will always be able to keep their horse(s) - just like anyone, you can fall on hard times, and let's face it, horses are a luxury.
Things that will make a foal more marketable, in case one ever EVER has to sell their horse:
- registration. A LOT of people care about papers, even if you don't... it could mean a deal maker or breaker. There are a lot of good grade horses going to slaughter every day just because someone picked a registered horse over them. If you have 2 horses that are identical in every way BUT one is registered, and one isn't, chances are the registered one will get chosen first.
- conformation... is the mare conformationally sound? Does she have any glaring faults?
- training. Will you absolutely be able to provide training? If YOU can't train it yourselves, do you have the funds to send it to a trainer?
I have nothing against breeding rescue mares as long as they are registered, have very good conformation, and have good minds ..... you are lacking one out of 3 so far.
I am not trying to be snarky.. but there is an overload of unwanted horses out there - what will make your baby so special that will prevent it from possible becoming one, if you ever have to sell it?
My guidelines for breeding:
- Have a decent pedigree
- Are registered (remember... even if you don't care about papers, a lot of other people do)
- Have great conformation (no "fatal" faults, such as back at the knee etc)
- Are sound to breed
- Have no genetic defects (HyPP, HERDA, OWLS, etc...)
- Are sound of mind
- Are excelling in their discipline (whether it be competitive or not)
- Both mare and stallion compliment one another (e.g if the mare has a longer back, choose a stallion with a shorter back)
Please please please rethink your decision to breed... go to auction and see what's selling for less than $100... you'll be shocked. While you are there, think, "IF I produce a foal, why will it be better than the foals being sold for less than meat money here?" A LOT of registered foals with good pedigrees are going for less than meat price.
What has your mare accomplished?
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Last edited by JustDressageIt; 04-09-2009 at 03:04 PM.