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post #1 of 35 Old 12-20-2008, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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My rules for breeding.

When starting a breeding herd:
#1 choose females that have very good to excellent conformation, calm minds, good or better bloodlines and possiblly performance records (I would mostly likely be buying young stock and those records just plan may not be there.) If this means you only can buy 10 head instead of 20 so be it.

#2 never buy a male or semen that is inferior is your females

#3 breed the best and cull the rest, if the means 90% cull rate so be it.

#4 stick to basic don't follow new treads, until they are firm, but but ignore the market.

#5 make sure you have a market for your stock.

These were what I was taught my my dad and grandfather in running a cattle operation, but I feel these are not far off to work for a horse breeders as well

A good cowboy always has a better horse at the end of the ride, a poor cowboy will be afoot reguardless of the horse.

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post #2 of 35 Old 12-20-2008, 04:47 PM
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Those are great rules I just have to add one.

Make sure that the male and female cancel out each other's bad traits (no animal is perfect) and this is important to making sure they are as perfect as possible.
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What do you mean cull the rest?

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I think she means culling them by gelding the colts or selling the fillies she doesn't want to breed from. I am sure she doesn't do any harm to them.
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This is what i was hoping she meant!
I'm just used to hearing of so many bunnies being culled (i love rabbits as well as horses :) ) I was thinking it would be a massive waste just to cull a foal!

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Yes that is what Kentucky (he is a guy) meant! Gelding colts and selling fillies without breeding rights.
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Opps! Sorry Kentucky
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I think she means culling them by gelding the colts or selling the fillies she doesn't want to breed from. I am sure she doesn't do any harm to them.
Culling in some countries means a short train trip to a French dinner plate.
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post #9 of 35 Old 12-20-2008, 10:44 PM
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My rule...

When starting a breeding herd, STOP! lol There are too many horses out there that need homes. Breeding is a hard way to make money as well. You'd be better to start a rescue or horse training/brokering business (where you buy green or unbroke horses cheap, then train and turn them over for a profit) .

Unless you're looking into breeding a very RARE breed of horse or one that is endangered, just say no to horse production .
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I mofity those rules from my family's cattle operation that ran for the about of fifty years.
And by culling I (in a horse business) meant what FehrGroundRanch said (in a cattle operation) it meant a trip to my feedlot. If I had a horse breeding business and I send all but my replacement brood stock to a sluaghter house, I would go broke in no time flat, and should have my head looked at.

Luvs2ride I understand what you are saying but did you see rule number 5 :
#5 make sure you have a market for your stock. I mean nothing personal about this, but I had that covered. And if every breeder of common breeds quit breeding today, in 20 to 25 yeards their would be no horses for anybody. ut the junk horse that should have never been breed to begin with.

A good cowboy always has a better horse at the end of the ride, a poor cowboy will be afoot reguardless of the horse.

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