Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
If I had a mare with good conformation (registered or not) that I had a special bond with and wanted to have a part of her after she was gone, yes I would breed her. I would pick a stallion with a good temperment and good confo that I had seen under saddle and knew what he could do and the attitude that he had. Of course, good conformation is an absolute must for me. Papers, not so much. Since I would not be breeding with the intention to sell, nor would I be breeding just because "the baby would be kyoot", the foal would have better prospects. I know that it would get good training and if anything happened to me, either my brother or Dad would take the horse and either keep it themselves or make sure that it ended up in a good home. IMHO, wanting to get some baby experience is not a legitimate reason to breed a mare, ever. A person wanting some baby experience need only look around a little bit, there are tons of people who have babies but don't have any interest or business trying to handle them, there are always people needing foals trained for this, that, or the other.
Since I am really not in the business of breeding and raising horses, I personally would much rather buy one that was 2 or 3 years old (I enjoy riding more than playing with them on the ground). However, if I had a really special mare, then I wouldn't hesitate to breed her, but I would be smart about it.
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