Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
• Horses: 0
Realistically, I think it is better to start with a good mare rather than a stallion. Buy the best possible mare you can, and build from there - retaining foals if they are good enough, expanding your band over time with other really quality mares. Stallion owning is very arduous - campaigning, advertising, covering mares etc. As well as that, most bloodlines are readily available, using AI really opened the world up for breeders.
ETA: This is my planned model. If I did retain a stallion at any point, it would be a colt I had bred myself. Not only would he add value to my breeding program, but he would add exposure to the quality of horses I breed too. It is my very firm opinion that mares make a quality breeding operation, not a stallion.
Mods, grant me the serenity to see the opinions I cannot change, courage to change the ones that should change, and the wisdom to spot the trolls.