So some of you might know that I'm considering the idea of eventually breeding a foal. Maybe out of my filly when she's older, or maybe I'll buy a mare specifically. I dream of starting my own breeding farm one day and before I take steps to set that up I'd like to start on a smaller scale.
Any such enterprise isn't going to happen any time soon. My filly is not old enough (and I don't know how she'll mature, she may not be quality enough - I won't breed unless the mare and stallion are both SPECTACULAR), I don't have the funds squirreled away, and at the moment the facilities I have access to are not sufficient for a brand new foal. It is a pipe-dream that may eventually turn into a plan.
So I'm thinking of either a warmblood or a welsh stallion to either my girl or a TB mare with the intention of breeding a jumping and/or eventing prospect to sell (or if I pick a smaller stallion, a child's sport pony). IMO, nothing wrong with breeding to sell on a small scale, long as you know what you're doing and are breeding for a purpose.
Out of curiosity, what do you guys think of these stallions?
Ok so this guy's a morgan but he is GORGEOUS: Stallion : Magnificent presence and beauty with the ultimate temperament
This guy's SO cute and proven to produce nice foals: Stallion : Stunning Welsh B buckskin stallion
Likey le warmblood: Stallion : Exquisitely well bred and ravishingly good looking.
Welsh cob, not sure if I like him or not (looks like he moves a bit downhill with a four-beat trot, or is that just me?): Stallion : Sensational Welsh Section D Stallion
Oh wow, I thought my little idle short list was longer O.o I am real picky, wouldn't go anywhere near the majority of stallions that are currently standing. Do you know how MANY of them have upright shoulders, long backs and long cannons? And as you can see, VERY few stallions around here are advertised with conformation shots, probably because they are routinely shown and show results speak volumes about conformation, or at least they should. There are some real nice studs out there but to find them you have to wade through a whole heap of horses that would make nicer geldings.
Ummm. My filly is part-Arab, and is supposed to have Andalusian and Clydesdale in her. I have to say I can REALLY see the Andalusian when she moves, but not so much the Clyde. She has such beautiful natural collection, and the cadence and power in her trot is just breathtaking. She IS a grade, but if I breed her it will be to a stallion of a breed that I can register a partbred, so the resulting foal would absolutely 100% be registered.
I'm pretty confident that Satin will be spectacular but I'm not putting any plans in place until I know for sure. And definitely not contacting any stallion owners until I have the funds for stud fee and potential vet bills set aside!
...and who knows if the stallions on my idle short-list will even be standing when I have the funds, the facilities, and the right mare?