Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj View Post
Just an FYI, there is practically no such thing as an Arabian stud who will ONLY cover registered mares. As long as the stud is registered, every single foal he sires can be registered as a 1/2 Arab so there is a VERY lucrative business in breeding Grade mares that most Arab stallion owners will not pass up. In fact, it's typically quite a bit cheaper breeding a Grade mare (often half the cost of breeding a registered mare).
I say this as the Arab studs i've looked at so far say that they are only willing to breed to registered Arab mares (which is silly to me
). I would personally prefer an Arab cross
as well as I love the QH & Paint breeds but would like the refinedness of the Arab & am not going to buy a broodmare just for the foal to be pb.
I believe I stated my reason for wanting to breed, not buy but just incase... I'm not willing to spend thousands of dollars on a registered foal when I can buy one for that amount fully broke & bloodlines mean very little to me. Around my area, there are few that care whether the horse is pb so long as it is a good horse (looks are a bonus).
I could get a cheap foal, but there's no knowing how the parent's are unless you go by the owner's statements (and people have a tendancy simply to tell you both sire & dam were good horses)
Atleast this way i'll know the mare & can take my time deciding on a good stallion. I also like working with them from day one.
Now, the stallion I do choose to breed to will most likely be registered (as there are few advertised that arent). If bred to a paint or QH I know the foal will be registerable either way (with the Pinto Association or the American Half QH Association) so i'm not worried. Even if she's bred to a smaller stud/pony breed I can still register the foal with the American Quarter Pony Association.
Ideally I would prefer the foal to mature between 14-15.2hh. Not too picky in this area, however. My mare is 15hh. I like horses with a bit of muscle but not too
Oh and candandy49
, thanks she is true black & never bleaches out
In fact she has nice blue/grey dapples all year round.