Originally Posted by Chiilaa
I meant that every cross should aim to improve on the parents if you know what I mean?
Yes. Each generation should improve on the previous generation.
My husband has a great mare. She does very well working cattle. Takes great care of him wth his physical issues. Top side her papers read like who's who of the AQHA. Bottom side - nothing up close. Her only conformation fault is her front legs. She will be 11 this year. The age we usually try to have their first foal if we are going to breed. But it's not in the cards for her.
We had a paternal sister of my husbands mare that was bred incredibly well top and bottom. We own three fillies out of that mare. Sadly we put her down in December. We had bought her knowing she was 100% breeding sound but so so on the riding side. At some point she'd had an injury that wasn't treated correctly and it compromised her soundness. Ultimately it became difficult for her to get around. She was still bright and happy and could of lived her days in a small pen with a companion with no complaints. We chose to end any potential suffering and let her go.