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post #1 of 51 Old 04-30-2010, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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So is she breed-worthy?

The moment you've all been waiting for has arrived!!!

Here's my other post.

This is my husband's go-to horse. We had her in Montana for 6 months, and she did better on the land with the footing and lack thereof than 95% of the rest of the herd that were raised on the rough grounds.

She is SUPER cowy, and is being worked on the dummy to learn to "technically" cut, so that we can use her for penning and sorting, and other piddles. I will breakaway on her, and Chris already ropes and drags with her, no questions. (She's just not big enough for bulls...) She has all the heart one could ask for, and a supreme mind. Smart, trainable, and heavily motored!
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post #2 of 51 Old 04-30-2010, 01:03 PM
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In my very humble opinon, no she isn't. Her front pasterns are long and weak, which is one of my "fatal flaws" (not actually fatal, but a flaw that will make me say "no breeding for this horse.") She is also long-bodied, and her legs are a tad on the short side for her body. She appears to be slightly back at the knee as well, which is another one of my fatal flaws. Overall her front legs aren't terribly desirable.

Now, having said that... she is a lovely mare and I'm absolutely certain you will have fun with her - but in my very humble opinion, she should not be bred.


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post #3 of 51 Old 04-30-2010, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, and SOLELY hypothetical. No plans in the future! ; )
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post #4 of 51 Old 04-30-2010, 01:15 PM
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Oh absolutely - sometimes a fresh opinion can make one see things that they perhaps didn't before. I know firsthand what barn blindness is all about - LOL


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post #5 of 51 Old 04-30-2010, 01:27 PM
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I would say based on her performance and willing attitude, if you could find a stud with impeccable lower legs I'd say think about it. She has nice proportions and appears well built with a kind eye, nice head and neck, and nice muscling over her hindquarter. I'd just find a stud with awesome legs that has been shown to throw that to his get.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #6 of 51 Old 04-30-2010, 01:37 PM
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I respect your opinion, draftrider, but I would advise the OP not to breed this mare. Even if you find a stud with impeccable legs and a shorter more compact body, you are not guaranteed these traits to be passed down to the foal.


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post #7 of 51 Old 04-30-2010, 01:50 PM
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I really agree with JDI,

If you want a horse for a certain job, I always recomend finding a 2 year old + (breed depending) that is already built in the direction you want to go.
Nothing is more heart breaking than raising a baby that will never uphold to your standards.

I, for one, like to know how deep the water is (what I am getting myself into) whenever I take the plunge.
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post #8 of 51 Old 04-30-2010, 02:20 PM
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I agree with JDI. I also want to add she looks very cute and smart, and I'm sure is a great addition to the family.

P.S. And I really appreciate your very positive attitude about the critique, westonsma!
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post #9 of 51 Old 04-30-2010, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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And honestly, I did all I could when I was taking the pictures to not make her look like the compact little pudge she is. She's overweight for my preference, I'll upload the video to youtube of DH playing with her on the flag yesterday, keep in mind he's only 5'7 too. Oh, and she's 14.2.

It was only her 2nd time on the flag, but he really wasn't pressing the issue. He just wanted her to get an idea of how to follow it and work of her hocks, this is not his normal method for training a colt on the flag. He wasn't asking for correctness, just that she watch and follow.

AHH! One more edit before I run out of time... it probably would have helped to have her out of the shadows and had a bath, lol. I'll try this again before too long, once she gets a little more tuned up and muscled out.

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post #10 of 51 Old 04-30-2010, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Here, see if this will work!

He's really trying to teach herto focus on working off her hind end and spinning on her hocks. At the same time, wants to teach her more of a "ranchy" method of cutting as opposed to a show method. This was only her 2nd ride since leaving Montana in December.

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