My husband keeps telling me, "Now you know when you start breeding you CAN'T keep them all..." I have sucker written across my forehead LOL
Funnily enough, this is the HARDEST
part to drum home to someone who is looking to produce a few babies each year for the commercial market
keep them all
You don't WANT
to keep them all
to sell them
I don't care how many kisses this one gives you it has a price on its head and in order for your business to open its doors tomorrow, it needs to be sold
I also don't care how sweet and nice the dam is, if she is not producing a baby that someone wants to mortgage their souls and their home to own, you also don't want her in your broodmare band either ... and she may also fit in perfectly with someone else's program, bred to their stallion choice, but in your program, with the stallion you are selecting for her, if she cannot produce a top level foal, she needs to go
Any of the experienced breeders will tell you as soon as that foal comes out, you KNOW
if it is special or not and the next few days and weeks merely re-affirms that conviction
There are too many "nice and ordinary" foals being produced and their market is very very limited. I mean VERY
limited and many of them end up in sad situations, so today - more than perhaps at any other time in recent memory, you have to go forward with such a strong business plan and produce superior babies a) if you have any hope at all of surviving and b) if you want to ensure those babies are going to find early, perfect homes ...
If you are breeding one or two to keep - whole 'nuther ballgame - but if you are breeding to sell, be prepared with a proper game plan and also be prepared to stick to it - no matter what ...