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post #11 of 21 Old 03-07-2013, 12:47 PM
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I understand why many people want to breed their own mares, so I wont get into that, though I do believe, from personal experience, that you will have a much better chance of getting what you want if you buy.
That being said, if you are set on this guy, which it sounds like you are, don't bother asking us about it lol because as you have seen, many will advise you against it, mainly because he is grey.
First, determine what you wish to do with this foal and then decide. If you want it to have a show career, go with a different stud.
The fact that he can seemingly be out in a field and not breed mares could simply be because he is old and his hormones are no longer raging. Many studs mellow down with age, especially if they are kept in contact with other horses.
If he were kept like many studs his whole life (segregated completely and only able to interact with other horses when breeding) I can guarentee his behavior would be different.

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post #12 of 21 Old 03-07-2013, 12:57 PM
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Could very well be that he does attempt to breed them when no one is there, or the mares are already bred and not receptive, or many other reasons. Unless a person is watching them 24/7 you can't say the stud won't breed the mares he is housed with.
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post #13 of 21 Old 03-07-2013, 01:10 PM
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I'm curious exactly what you mean by "sport horse". When I think sport horse in the western sense, I picture horses that are good at reining, cutting, ranch work, etc. You know, performance horses.

What are your goals for the baby?

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post #14 of 21 Old 03-07-2013, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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I'm curious exactly what you mean by "sport horse". When I think sport horse in the western sense, I picture horses that are good at reining, cutting, ranch work, etc. You know, performance horses.

What are your goals for the baby?
Sport horse as in something like a hunter/jumper. Tall, lanky, leggy.
I really found a love for reining, which is what I want to use this baby for. Though I don't want a 14.2 hand horse. Which is why I thought about this horse who stands 15.1 just like my mare. And he was cutting horse bred.
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post #15 of 21 Old 03-07-2013, 01:25 PM
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Don't take offense to this, but if you are looking for a reining prospect, I would likely not choose your mare to breed. She is really upright through her shoulder and may be through her pasterns as well, which would greatly limit her front end mobility.

Granted, the potential foal could probably do some reining, but they may not move well enough to be competative at much more than low levels.

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Don't take offense to this, but if you are looking for a reining prospect, I would likely not choose your mare to breed. She is really upright through her shoulder and may be through her pasterns as well, which would greatly limit her front end mobility.

Granted, the potential foal could probably do some reining, but they may not move well enough to be competative at much more than low levels.
I don't find it offensive! That's the kindof tips/thoughts I was looking for! YES Miss Lucy is upright through her shoulder and pasterns, could a breeding to a guy with a really nice shoulder/pasterns fix that?

My mare has a big backend (When worked..) and massive drive, it kills me everytime were cantering because she has no shock absorbtion!
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post #17 of 21 Old 03-07-2013, 01:34 PM
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It would be a pure crapshoot as to whether the foal would get it or not. Of course, the odds would be decreased by breeding to a stud with a good shoulder and front legs, but there's still the good possibility that the foal would end up just like her in the front end.

That's why I feel strongly that a person should breed 2 horses that are prime examples of what they want the foal to be.

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I don't find it offensive! That's the kindof tips/thoughts I was looking for! YES Miss Lucy is upright through her shoulder and pasterns, could a breeding to a guy with a really nice shoulder/pasterns fix that?

My mare has a big backend (When worked..) and massive drive, it kills me everytime were cantering because she has no shock absorbtion!
With breeding, it is all a gamble. You can breed to something that has characteristics that you want but that doesn't mean you will get it. Which is why it is easier to find what you want on the ground already. It is a roll of the dice when breeding, you could get something very close to what you wanted or the foal could inherit every fault of each of the parents.
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post #19 of 21 Old 03-07-2013, 01:42 PM
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Are you willing to take a major gamble and possibly lose the mare, the foal or both? What will happen if you end up with a foal who cannot do what you want?

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post #20 of 21 Old 03-07-2013, 02:06 PM
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There are no stallions that can "correct" every flaw a mare has. You would need to see a lot of his offspring from different types of mares to have a clue about what type of foals he throws and what he passes on to them.
If you are looking for a reining prospect then it would be better to buy one.
Not saying you wouldnt get one with your mare but there is that chance you wont. Shalom
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