04-19-2010, 01:24 PM
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If you want to become a reputable breeder, it comes with a TON of responsibility. You have to have a goal in mind other than "color" - and I'm sure you do, I'm just pointing it out.
- You must have a specific goal for breeding. That means you have to know EXACTLY what your target market is. In addition, you MUST have a specific discipline that your target is, and your stock MUST excel at it in competition.
- If you are standing a stallion, you must must must be able to campaign him in the bigger circuits. Especially with Warmbloods, you don't want a stallion that just does well at schooling shows or small shows - there are enough WB stallions out there doing big stuff that small-time stallions should be gelded. If you yourself can't campaign a stallion in the showring, you must hire someone who can.
- If you are a stallion owner (again, especially with the WB crowd) he must always be presented well to potential clients and at shows.
- If you are just going to have a broodmare band and ship semen in, you must have good lines and good mares to begin with. This is where the specified discipline comes in - certain lines are "hunter" bred, certain lines are for "dressage"... etc etc. More to that, you must research and find out which lines cross well which which lines to produce the best results.
- You MUST have knowledge about what sells. Here in Alberta, names like Donner Bube and Arkansas are a dime a dozen now, and don't sell well unless they're exceptional. I strongly suggest attending the Fall Select sale - you'll see what's selling and what isn't.
- It is a costly venture. Very costly. Are you prepared to shell out big bucks to get a couple of excellent, breeding-quality mares, a breeding-quality facility, etc? What about a stallion? $$$$ - it all adds up very quickly.
- Breeding is a business and in my very humble opinion, MUST be run like one. It is a HUGE responsibility.
I'm not trying to scare you off by any means, but in today's market, one has to be very cautious doing anything in the horse business.