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post #21 of 24 Old 10-04-2012, 10:38 AM
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My OTTB who is retired has a trainer who got on her WAAY too early and ran her way too fast way to early. The owner didnt understand why it was bad at the time. My girl and all the other horses that were with that trainer were retired due to the same thing. Bone chips in the knees. Luckily my girl has stunning conformation and the gaits and mental attitude of a performance horse so im breeding all around babies out of her. I agree with the unsound horses need to be checked over carefully but sometimes there is a reason why they broke down so early and it wasnt their genetics fault.
I'm afraid that's really common in the racing world. A lot of low end breeders don't touch the horses until they are sent into training and then to keep costs down use a bad trainer who pushes then straight into hard work without giving the bones and tendons a chance to harden up - never mind the mental trauma involved.
It is something you have to do your homework on before making a decision.
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Every Broodmare on the farm is well broke, and proven as a good reliable saddle horse. They also all are papered, with great bloodlines and conformation.

The only exception in my mind (to having all saddle broke broodmares) is if the horse suffers a non conformation related injury before being proven, and has the build, mind and breeding to contribute to an above average foal.

My barn owners primary broodmare competed in endurance while carrying two of her foals, as late as september, then foaled healthy babies in the spring. The last one she did mountain riding 8+ hour days in the mountains into october. All the broodmares are ridden throughout the pregnancy, only lightly for the last three months, but like any other horse before that.
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If I'm buying a foal or a youngster I will absolutely be more interested in and likely to pay more money for the one that's been bred from proven riding parents than an identical one (breed, looks, conformation) that hasn't as it gives me a better idea of what to expect - obviously subsequent training has a huge impact as well but buying a young horse is enough of a lottery. At least where breeders have kept good records and research if a mare or stallion is unsound for a valid reason but has good proven family history that makes a huge difference
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I'm afraid that's really common in the racing world. A lot of low end breeders don't touch the horses until they are sent into training and then to keep costs down use a bad trainer who pushes then straight into hard work without giving the bones and tendons a chance to harden up - never mind the mental trauma involved.
It is something you have to do your homework on before making a decision.
Sadly that's true. Luckily the farm she comes from, switched to one of the best TB trainers in the nation due to this. And luckily I ended up with my girl. She's placed in open halter shows and she was a great riding horse before her injury flared up. I think its fair to give her a chance to see what she can produce, especially because her gaits SCREAM WP to me. And that what im planning on breeding from her. All around babies. She wouldve probably been sent to the meat market or ridden into the ground if I hadnt gotten her. People around here arent known for their skill with horses sadly.
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