02-16-2013, 07:13 PM
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I agree that there's many horses with better bloodlines, there always will be. Though that's not really what justifies other horses bloodlines as not worthy breeding, I think. Also, I wouldn't consider it if she wasn't so healthy and fulll of vigor in her age. It's unlikely that she'd die from the pregnancy, it might just make it harder for her get back up or down, so it'd be uncomfortable for her. She actually had done some competing, but her owner wasn't exactly the type to bring out her ability. Though she has placed a few times in poles, and reining with myself when I was a bit younger. I'd decided that her limited canter, and her stiffness issues were good grounds to retire her to pleasure.
I'd say a lot of broodmares with successful foals have never actually won many competitions themselves. Personally, I just felt that her injury was a shame because it would never let her do the thing she was best at, and most enjoyed, competing. I feel like a good stud could bring a foal with her ability out. I've never gotten to train a horse up from anything but green, so it'd be a new challenge for me. That's my main goal with it. However, I agree with most of what you guys have said, and appreciate the imput.
(I really haven't got any of her good conformation pictures on this computer, otherwise I'd post some. But she's always been noted for being almost exactly built like the aqha qh logo, although she's shorter in the back and neck.) Thanks for your imput, I think I may not breed her, though if I could implant her eggs that'd be another thing. Oh well, I'll take it from here.
I don't want you to be discouraged from asking questions here so thank you for asking opinions before just going ahead with the breeding itself. That being said, i'm with everyone else that given her age and soundness problem I wouldn't personally breed her (again, my preference and certainly not me telling you what to do). There's plenty of youngstock out there right now already on the ground safely that need training. Why not learn with one of them?