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post #31 of 34 Old 12-15-2011, 01:38 AM
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Wish there were an easier way, but it takes years and years of experience, observation, and constant research. The hard part is not so much identifying good bloodlines as it is studying how different bloodlines cross with one another. Probably the biggest mistakes novices make are only paying attention to the stallion lines, when it is the mare lines that are more important, not giving enough attention to the interaction of bloodlines, and placing too much importance on horses so far back in the pedigree they are almost meaningless. I have seen people refer to their horse as being "King bred" when King only appeared once in the pedigree in the 4th or 5th generation...how silly...
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Hey, now!! Does that mean that I can refer to my coming 3 year old as some bad-ass performance horse because he has King Fritz and Doc Quixote in his lines?

Surely it doesn't matter that they are like 6 generations back and his momma's a Belgian, does it??


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post #33 of 34 Old 12-15-2011, 01:54 AM
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Hey, now!! Does that mean that I can refer to my coming 3 year old as some bad-ass performance horse because he has King Fritz and Doc Quixote in his lines?

Surely it doesn't matter that they are like 6 generations back and his momma's a Belgian, does it??

lol Only if I can tell everyone Nikki has Bold Ruler in her bloodlines on her dam's side..7 generations back..That's her bloodline on her dam's side..Doesn't matter that Reminic is her Grandsire on her sire's side. Nope..I want it to be Bold Ruler..

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post #34 of 34 Old 12-15-2011, 06:24 AM
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It depends on what I am looking for. If I am looking for a broodmare or a performance prospect, they need to have good bloodlines. If they don't have a pedigree, I don't keep looking. They could be the best looking horse I've ever seen, the lack of pedigree will hurt resale or sales of foals. After pedigree, I look at conformation, movement, disposition and such.
If I am looking for a horse for one of my kids to show at lower levels, I look for something that fits the bill. If the pedigree is good, that's a bonus. That type of horse has a different set of criteria for me.
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