Originally Posted by dieselcowgirl
Thank you for all your useful info. With seeing my mare's pedigree, do you recommend any paint studs that are cowy, big-boned, and above 15.1h? I don't like small horses. We are also only looking for something with exceptional bloodlines.
Being in-foal will affect any potential show career. It will take her out for at least a year. Find a good repro facility and have a long conversation with the breeding/foaling manager. Find a good repro vet. Learn the facts as to risks and costs involved. Putting in some effort on the front end will really help you when talking to stallion owners/managers.
It is extremely taxing to to explain the same thing multiple times to a mare owner at the height of breeding season. If you are going to contact a stallion owner/manager, review their website first, have some questions ready, be upfront about what year you are looking to breed. Most prefer communicate by email. Horses keep us on long schedule and answering a phone call for a 15-20 minute conversation isn't always feasible. Using email, everything is in writing, I know the questions asked, and I know my response. I don't have any specific stud recommendations, but I can help with some "parameters"
1. Determine your total budget! Many stallions do offer discounts, and you can buy breedings from many charity-type auctions, but READ the fine print. Wanting exceptional bloodlines is very interpretive. Just because a stallion's fee is thousands of dollars does not mean he has some exclusive bloodline. There are many market and owner's opinion factors that go into setting a fee.
2. Select a discipline. "Will Spot Ya" is a pleasure horse. He has sired horses that have points in breed shows. Also know that Reining, Cutting, and working cow horse really do have different styles. For example some cutting bred horses would never have the mindset for the pattern work required in reining. It will help to get your mare shown in some events to see what she is good at, and to see where a potential sire could possibly improve a foal.
3. Size of the sire & dam does not determine final size of the foal. You will never know if the sire & dam grew to their full genetic potential, nor will you know what genetic potential for size they pass on to the foal. Many factors affect the genetic potential of the foal. Nutrition of the mare/foal you can control, but you can't really assure good nutrition will mean the foal will be 15.2 hands tall.
4. You don't necessarily need an APHA registered stud because your mare is tobiano. This means that any foal she has will *only* qualify for APHA and/or PtHA registration regardless of color.
5. Your mare appears to have overo on both the top and bottom. She needs to be tested at the minimum for OLWS and GBED. It would be nice if she were also tested for PSSM1 and HERDA just to be safe. This information will help you select a sire. Do it before you even begin looking. You may even want to test her for tobiano as she has the potential to be homozygous.
Some on this forum have very strong opinions on breeding, so be prepared. I just popped in to this thread because the "Doc Bar" in the title was intriguing and because I am a paint lover. There are many on the forum who are good at researching stallion ads, and many who can give opinions on conformation of the sire/dam. Even limiting the list to APHA studs still leaves a number of stallions to choose from, so I think it would help to narrow down the search some if you came up with some more specific desires.