Originally Posted by MiaSweetVersion View Post
Oh my, I'm sorry if I am giving off the wrong vibe. I fully support people's different opinions and realize that everyone is looking out for the mare. As I stated earlier, this is not a done deal in any sense. I was just putting it out there. My mare is 12 and she is a maiden. If I did decide to breed, I have a very good friend of mine who owns a breeding farm who would be more than willing to help out.
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When I breed to 2 horses together I consider several things and these are the first 4 things I look at.
#3 Athletic Ability
So, you're mare has the temper, you've already stated that. Is her conformation OUTSTANDING? What are her faults (every horse has them, not being insulting)? Do the 2 stallions you've picked compensate for her faults (have they demonstrated this in their foals)?
I would be concerned with her overall conformation, size is part of conformation and she's lacking there, athletic ability (she's too small to compete at higher levels so size compromises her ability).
When you put her pedigree together with each of the stallions, how does it shape up? Do they fill in the holes for each other? You indicate your mare was bred for Western Pleasure, not Hunter. You realize that regardless of the stallion, she could very well produce a Western Pleasure horse?
For the stallions, what kind of injury did #1 have that almost sidelined him? Was it related to a structural weakness? If yes, is your mare particularly strong where that horse is weak?
If I owned your mare, I would need a whole lot more info before I'd consider doing any breeding. Also, she's 12, while not too old to be maiden, she's not getting any younger. How soon are you planning on doing the breeding?
So, when you look realllly hard at your mare and answer all those questions, do you still want to breed? Or would you be better off maybe buying a weanling that's been bred for size and the discipline you want and raising it up the way you want? Are you prepared to cull an animal that is totally not what you were breeding for?