04-18-2010, 01:34 PM
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- Excellent representation of "great" conformation for their breed and/or discipline.
- Lacking any "fatal flaws" (conformation faults that will prevent the horse from excelling at something. For me that's weak/long pasterns, back at the knee, mouth deformations, and excessive torquing of the limbs)
- Excel at their job (ranch horse or competitor, must excel at it)
- Be sound of body and mind (like begets like)
- If proven that they cannot out-produce themselves (i.e. If their offspring is "meh") they should be taken out of the contributing gene pool
- Breeder must have a sound reason for wanting the foal (i.e. The foal must have a purpose, not just "I want a foal out of this mare" or "I just want to breed one foal!" To add to this, the foal must have a training purpose in mind. Don't breed just to breed.
- Foal must be marketable. Nobody can guarantee a forever home - ever. If the foal is ever to be sold, it must be marketable. This means the foal must be trained for its age (i.e. Nobody wants an un-halterbroke 5 year old). It also means that careful attention must be paid to the mating pair; are they themselves marketable?