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    04-29-2012, 11:53 AM
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Foal
Searching for suitable replacement stallion

Hello fellow breeders. I am starting to do some research for a replacement stallion. My stallion, JD, is 20 years old and I will need to replace him fairly soon so I thought I would pick some minds for potential genetic matches. What blood lines would cross well.

I have posted a web site with my breeding mares pedigrees as well as JD's so I will not go into any great detail here. I have posted pictures of my breeding mares. The picture of the pally mare includes a dun mare also being used. I am looking to ad some height to the foals that will result from the cross with JD and these mares. He already puts on a great hip and head.

I know the horse market is pretty sketchy so I am trying to put out better than the everyday backyard horses, but it is a puzzle. The type of horse most used here are cattle, ranch, rodeo arena. Or at the other end of the spectrum, 4-H/youth horses.

Let the debate begin!!!
     
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    04-29-2012, 02:47 PM
  #2
Trained
Not sure where you posted your website, but it would be helpful to post it here. Also what type of market/breeding you are wanting to go with, and so on.
     
    04-29-2012, 03:36 PM
  #3
Foal
My web site is www.hattumhorsefarm.com. I do not have a true focus or goal so to speak. I would like to focus on speed/barrels, but if a great cutting stallion presented itself and was a great match for my mares, I would go that way.
     
    04-30-2012, 12:53 AM
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Yearling
Can't really help on the stallion, but what is a cremello head (looks like cremello body to).
     
    04-30-2012, 12:01 PM
  #5
Foal
I call it a cremello head because her eyes look so small with out any dark skin around them. I saw 'eyeliner' tattoos in the APHA magazine and thought about doing that to Given, my cremello mare. Lol Also in the summer she gets sunburned if I do not keep her slathered with sun screen. It ends up being full of dirt and a mess so I started putting a full face fly mask on her to see if that would help protect her from the sun.
     
    04-30-2012, 12:04 PM
  #6
Trained
If I were you I would sit down and figure out what way you want your breeding program to go and then try and find a suitable stallion from that standpoint.
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    04-30-2012, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by NdAppy    
If I were you I would sit down and figure out what way you want your breeding program to go and then try and find a suitable stallion from that standpoint.
I 100% agree.

Where do you see these foals in five years???

Is there a market???
     
    04-30-2012, 01:28 PM
  #8
Foal
I guess that is one of the reasons I am looking for input. With the blood lines I have, what would be compatable and what are my options? As you said 'is there a market'. I do not want to be just a colt farm, I am looking to better my stock as well as breeding desireable foals. Since I already have a good infusion of cow and speed, I am thinking I should continue down those lines. I am looking for a stallion with more height and am trying to refine the heads to get away from the 'roman' nose. I know getting that 'Champion' takes a lot of research and time, but I do not want to just have babies on the ground and hope for the best. So at this time I am exploring all options. That is why I am looking for input from you fellow horse people on which direction my exhisting brood is best suited. I am not going to just jump in a direction based on these comments, I am just looking for some interesting dialog to be able to make more informed choices.
     
    04-30-2012, 02:22 PM
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Trained
My recommendation once you find a stallion, is put time into training and showing him.

Any stallion can produce foals, but what can your stallion really do? What makes him desirable as a breeding sire? If people can see what your stud can do in the show arena, whether it's barrels, racing, cutting, roping...you'll get more people interested in breeding to him, or purchasing one of your foals out of him.

There are many stallions that I won't even consider breeding to because the lack of a performance record. I'd rather breed to a stallion of the same quality, but has proven something in his life rather then looking pretty in a pasture and having a few decent babies.

Also once babies hit the ground, start showing them. It's much more impressive to see a breeder promoting their stallion by showing of the get the stallion has produced. JMO though.
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    04-30-2012, 06:13 PM
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Foal
I agree, I need to promote the foals I have and will have this spring. In fact I just came from the barn and my sorrel mare Pepper just had her foal, a little red filly. Still wobbly when standing to nurse. Sooo cute.... Mom and daughter doing great. I will take the camera the next trip and post her pics for you.
     

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