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post #1 of 16 Old 12-10-2012, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Which mare to choose?

So I have talked to a handful of breeders about my situation but you can never get enough advice from other horse lovers so I decided to post this here and see what everyone suggests.

I recently acquired a free breeding to a licensed Rheinland stallion.
World Champ (World Cup 1) x Prinzes (Pasternak).
16.3hh and currently competing at the grand prix level. He finished 3rd out of 16 stallions at his 100 DT in Germany with total points of 120.38 and stood at the Westphalian/Rhinelander state stud in Warendorf before being sold to my trainer.
He is a proven producer..
I personally have ridden him a handful of times and he is a lovely stallion, wonderful temperament with 3 solid gates.
If a picture says a thousand words, then a video must say a trillion. So I put up some from a dressage demo he did with Steffan Peters.
I don't want you guys to think that I am breeding horses that have no achievements or breeding value, thus all this background info.

I have two mares that I have narrowed the breeding down to.
Dasha - 2007 Hanoverian. Currently competing at the second and third level.
Domiro (Donnerhall) X Abundance (Adroit)

Farah - 2009 Hanoverian. Currently competing at the training level.
She has multiple breed inspection wins, which I feel makes up for her lack of experience in the show ring.
Feiner Stern (Freiherr) X Abundance (Adroit)

This foal will be my next dressage star in the making(;

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-10-2012, 05:00 PM
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I have no idea how to solve your dilemma, but it is a nice one to be faced with.
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I have no clue about warmbloods or dressage, but its the internet so I will offer my two cents which is probably worth a lot less. My thinking goes like this, the stud looks good and is the high achieving parent. Ie. both mares have not gone as far in competition as he has. Both mares are reasonably talented so you have a good chance at a talented baby. I would say which mare is easier to work around and with. This is something the mare has a huge role in the foal. The mare will model behaviors for the foal. If the mare is easier to work with the foal with have those genes and that "training" from the mare which is a good thing. The stallion has a nice attitude so I would say look at how the mares are to handle and breed to the one that the easiest to handle. You are going to have a big baby on your hands and a good mind will go far with that. In my book dressage is about talent and willingness. You have the talent side pretty well covered you just have to double up on the willingness. I am also a huge fan of outcrossing so whichever mare is less related to the stallion go with that one.
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-10-2012, 05:09 PM
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I love the first mare.

And yes, what a fantastic dilemma you have! LoL.
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-10-2012, 05:19 PM
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I agree with the others and just from the photos i would go for the chestnut, personally. I do not like the shoulder on the bay but not knowing the mares' attitudes or abilities, it's hard to say more
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I personally really like the first mare.

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post #7 of 16 Old 12-10-2012, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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In terms of willingness and temperament, they are both pretty much the same. Both have their off days of course. Both mares have the same dam, which might explain how they are so similar. Dasha "the chestnut" probably has slightly more elastic and expressive gaits, but then again she's been in training way longer than Farah. Farah does show huge amounts of talent, and has been winning everything under the sun at training level, she is schooling at first level and doing quite well.

What its coming down to is preference, which is never a bad thing lol
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post #8 of 16 Old 12-10-2012, 08:16 PM
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One thing that I think would help me choose, is when do you plan on breeding? If it's this year then I would go with the '07 mare over the '09 just because of the age. From my research, and I didn't really research pregnancy being apart of it, but the horses vertebrae aren't fused until closer to 6.

I personally have a thing for chestnuts, so she would probably be my choice regardless of age. I can't wait to stay updated on this ;)
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Dasha for sure!!

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