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post #11 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 08:30 AM
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Ok maybe I should clarify, because it did come off a little snobby didn't it. I meant that every cross should aim to improve on the parents if you know what I mean?

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post #12 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 09:45 AM
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No, I didn't think it was snobby at all, in fact, I think it's correct. If you are a breeder by profession, and put more than a couple of foals on the ground per year, you better be trying to improve the breed. If you're not, you will surely end up bringing the breed standard down.

However, there are a lot of hobby breeders out there. Not backyard breeders, but someone with a nice performance mare that they want a foal out of and try to carefully select a stallion for her. Those folks frequently get lumped in with backyard breeders and bashed for contributing to the unwanted horse problem, which I think is unfair. A hobby breeder, the person with the nice performance mare, can't realistically hope to "improve the breed", but they can certainly plan carefully for a good quality foal.

Hope that helps clarify.
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post #13 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Chiilaa View Post
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.
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post #14 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 04:34 PM
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maura i love you!!! Me and my mom are looking to buy the mare I'm training and once she proves herself as a performance horse {like a long long list of wins and placings} we want to breed her. To a proven stud. We are going to be super picky about him when we choose to breed. I'd consider myself a hobby breeder not a backyard breeder.
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post #15 of 15 Old 02-13-2011, 10:22 AM
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Speaking from a stock horse perspective (QHs, Paints), my requirements for a breeding horse is exceptional breed type and quality, a pedigree full of successful quality horses, and the linebreeding that allows for predictability of quality and uniform type in future offspring. Of course, tractability and a good disposition is included as well.

I do not require a show record in a breeding horse. A show record isn't going to change the genetics of that horse or its ability to pass on positive characteristics. A win isn't going to guarantee the horse is of the quality to breed on, and I don't think we should base breeding decisions on that. Personally, I'm trying to breed away from the show ring trends and what wins today, so those horses most likely won't be my first choice in breeding horses.

I also don't select breeding stock based on pedigree alone. A great pedigree doesn't always guarantee a quality horse. The quality of the individual guarantees a quality horse, and that horse will undoubtedly have a good pedigree. :)
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