Originally Posted by nrhareiner
No I am not always taking a chance. I know bloodlines so I know what to expect and I have yet to get one that was not what the pedigree said it should be.
Even when you breed your own and I do quite a bit as I can not buy for the price I can breed for. You still do not always know the personality of what the foal will have. I have found that temperament/personality does not translate down. If it did my Zan Freckles Hickory mare would be rank and mean. She is not. Same with others I have seen by him. She is more what you would expect from her breeding not her sire.
Temperament is not a good reason to breed over buy. You can see the temperament of the foal when you go and interact with it. Breeding should be done with a very specific end goal in mind. Even if you are cross breeding. Again I do it b/c I can not buy one of the same quality as I can breed for. If you can buy for the same or less then the cost of breeding then you really need to rethink why you want to breed that horse. Too many $200 foals on Craigslist.
Does all this mean you can not breed your mare? No everyone can do as they please. However each time you do you really need to ask your self what will happen if I can no longer take care of the foal/horse? Very few people keep a horse it entire life. You never know. Breed a marketable foal and that foals chances are better then a foal out of someones favorite mare. Just b/c she is your favorite mare does not mean she would be someone elses favorite mare.
Well I totally agree with that. I bred my mare twice (once to my aunt's QH stallion & once to her palomino Paint (the one in my pic)). The paint's filly turned out wonderful. Just like her sweet dam & her sire, but the QH filly was ALL her sire.
He was great looking & had awesome lines (which is why people liked to breed to him over the other studs), but the worst attitude, which so far he's passed on to all his foals. Unfortunately he passed away this winter after severaly injuring himself, but I can't say any of us really miss him (except for the money he made) lol. He was a terror!