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post #1 of 23 Old 09-13-2009, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Stallion for my mare

Hi. I am new here but did want to ask a question. I am hoping to breed my mare in the near future and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on a good stallion for her. She is 11 years old APHA mare. I dont have her full blood line with me but I know her parents are Dirty Rocki and Teddys Specialty. Her registered name is Rockies Specialty. She is only about 15.2hh so I would like something a little taller than that. I would like to try and stay around $1000 (I have seen several stallions that look good below that). I would also like shipped semen and LFG. Thank you very much!
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post #2 of 23 Old 09-13-2009, 05:10 PM
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What sport will you be using this foal for?

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post #3 of 23 Old 09-13-2009, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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The foal will be used mostly for Dressage and some lower level eventing. I would also like the foal to be registered.
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Do you absolutely need to have color (as in, only considering homozygous Paint stallions) or is it OK if you end up with a solid paint-bred?

If 100% color is not necessary, for your sport preferences, you might consider a Thoroughbred stallion-- it is an acceptable cross for a registered Paint, and there are both solid and colored TB stallions out there that might meet your desire for more height as well as sport build and movement. Not sure about getting what you would want for both Dressage and Eventing from one horse though-- thats not my area of expertise.

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post #5 of 23 Old 09-13-2009, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Color is not top on my list. I am more worried about size and the foal being too big for my mare. If I bred to her to around 16.3hh would that be ok?
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Is she a maiden mare?? If so, don't put her to anything bigger than 16hh if you want to play it safe. Sometimes if you put them to a bigger stallion the foal is too big for the mare to deliver and you can run into complications.
Is it worth putting all the time and money into breeding your mare as well? It might be a better idea to just buy a youngster. Not trying to dampen your spirits here but unless she is a super good mare with lovely paces and talent, I wouldn't be breeding from her. There are far too many backyard breeders around that should stick to buying from professional breeders.

She looks like a sweet little mare, I would love to see a video of her moving though. Back is a little long and straight, with quite and upright shoulder and pasters. I'd be putting her to something a little lighter build, possibly tb with a shortish back and good slope in the shoulders to try and correct her build in the foal.

How much thought have you put into this?? I think you need to sit down and write a list of expenses. You're looking at around AUD $5000 before the foal even hits the ground, then there's the care of both mare and foal after delivery, extra feed for the mare then for the foal in a few weeks, added vet costs etc. Then there's the feed for the foal once it's weened plus agistment if that's applicable. You're looking at AT LEASE AUD $3000 a year for the first 4 years of the foal's life before you can even ride it. That's almost 20k by the time it's ready to break, then there's the breakers fee's as well!!!!!
And then you don't even know if it's going to be good enough for what you want. Personally I think it's better to buy a youngster than go through the stress and costs of breeding. Unless the mare is extremely talented with a fantastic confirmation and temperament and you use a very good stallion, the risks far outweight the benifits IMO.
Think deap and hard before you put your mare in foal, thats all I can say.
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Most of the time a mare will not "cook" a foal any bigger than she can deliver, and a 16.3 stallion over a 15.2 mare of similar build is not like you are breeding a Shire to a Shetland .

However its right to at least be aware of size difference-- to me the height different is not as critical as mass-- to me more height means longer legs and necks, and etc., and that is usually not a major consideration during delivery. I would be more concerned if, whatever the height, the stallion is known for siring massive big heavy foals vs. foals that are leaner/lighter at birth-- and I am not talking mass necessarily as in QH muscling or anything like that-- I am talking about foals of whatever breed/type that are born filled out like a 2 week old rather than looking like a "typical" sucked up caved in newborn, LOL.

To me the heavier wider newborn is more of a challenge for a smaller mare to deliver than one that just has longer bones. This of course can depend on the mare as well-- and the "plumpness" of the newborn foal can also depend on the mare.

Is you mare a maiden?

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Yes she is a maiden. I want to breed her because she just recently had some neurological problems (I am going to do a bunch of tests to find out if it is genetics or not). For this reason I am not sure how much more riding I will be able to get out of her. She is such a sweet mare that I think she would be perfect for breeding. I am also going to talk to a vet and see if this is a good idea. I was just starting to look at stallions who would be good to breed her to. For being her size and breeding she has done some third level movements and excelled very far in dressage. I just feel that this would be my best option at this point in time. If it turns out that it will not work out for her to be a broodmare then I will just buy a youngster and train it. I have thought about the complications and everything. And like I said I will make sure that I get all the proper testing done on her before I go any further. But I did want to look at some stallions so I would have an idea of what would be good for her.
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that is a good idea. we have a stud but not what your looking for mostly western pleasure bred. he is only 15.2 hands
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