Originally Posted by 8horses
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
To get to the question at hand... you might want to consider just buying a new horse. I know it's very appealing to breed your mare and produce a baby to raise it on your own, but there is a lot of chance associated with breeding your own foal, and should not be taken lightly.
Breeding your own horse is only appealing until you've done it a time or two
I also have nothing against cross breeding. Out of my 8 horses only half are registered (one is a registered cross) The other half are assorted cross breeds. I have even done some cross breeding with my own horses. I believe that cross breeding is fine as long as you are breeding for a specific purpose. For example, when I bred my qh and my Spanish Mustang I was aiming for a personal barrel prospect.
Thank you! That's what I was getting at. You shouldn't breed a horse just to have a "cute baby" .. not that I'm implying Tuff Rider is, but it's just the thing that makes crossbreds less valuable.
Another thing: consider costs. I had a mare that I absolutely loved.. she had a great personality and conformation, and I wanted to get a foal out of her so I could essentially keep a piece of her with me a little longer than she would last... and hopefully breed a little bit of height in too :P Anyways... I found the perfect stallion and made arrangements to breed. Since I used cooled semen, she had to go to my vet's for AI. My vet said the mechanics of everything went perfectly, everything was timed just right.. and she didn't catch. Due to unfortunate circumstances, I couldn't re-breed her, so I spent a ton of money for nothing. Thinking back, I could have spent the money on a new horse that I could have made sure everything was perfect with.
Just a word of warning... haha I hope nobody thinks I'm an idiot for it :P