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post #1 of 6 Old 04-18-2010, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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What constitutes as breed-worthy?

Hey, guys. In your opinion, what constitutes a breed-worthy mare? Stallion?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-18-2010, 12:32 PM
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Good conformation and personality for the breed.

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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?

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JDI said my exact requirements. I do want to add that if the horse is papered, the bloodlines must be good also. And not a mish mash of random horses, like some cow bred, some pleasure bred, some barrel bred. Not like that. I prefer when people breed a horse to another horse in that discipline.
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Excellent confirmation, but this rule can be looked past if the animal has good confirmation, and has been proven in it's event(s)

Plus, all of that stuff JDI spoke of..

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-18-2010, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Good info, guys. I myself am not interested in breeding, or atleast not at the moment, but I figured this could help out any folks who feel "the need to breed". I don't object to breeding in "this economy", but I surely do wish people would be more responsible and only breed the "breed-worthy".
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