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post #1 of 20 Old 09-15-2010, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Would you breed her?

I have a 9 yr old solid Paint mare, She doesn't have perfect conformation, but not the worst either. She has a very short back which in opinion could be good or bad. Her pasterns are a bit long, but not so much that it's ever effected her, and she has very high withers (great for keeping a saddle on but not that pretty). She's a very sound tough little mare that comes from old foundation racing stock. She has nice big feet from that too. Her dad was a crop out Paint, meaning he had all QH lines but was born with to much white on him. He's the only paint on her papers (not even a real paint) but her breeders decided to register her Paint instead of QH. They were backyard breeders, but her mom happened to be a nice mare. The foal I would keep myself. And if you think she's worth breeding, what kind of qualities would you look for in the stud? (would either be QH, Paint, or Appendix) Won't be for another couple of years, but if so its nice to have something in mind
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-15-2010, 11:43 AM
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I think she looks great and I would breed her. I think you'd get a nice foal out of her. From the pics though, and I may be wrong, it might just be the angle of the pics, but it looks like she's got thoroughbred in her. She looks slender like one is all. i would look for a stud that has an easy going temperment, build, good confo. and bloodlines that you think are essential in what you want the foal to have for whatever your gonna be using it for. I would also want good solid feet and of coarse I know looks arent everything, but it's nice too. I know there's more I'm missing, just can't think of it all...lol!
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I personally wouldnt breed her but thats just my opinion i think you could find a better put together foal thats already on the ground(i dont think she is bad just not ideal breeding conformation)

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I think she looks great and I would breed her. I think you'd get a nice foal out of her. From the pics though, and I may be wrong, it might just be the angle of the pics, but it looks like she's got thoroughbred in her. She looks slender like one is all. i would look for a stud that has an easy going temperment, build, good confo. and bloodlines that you think are essential in what you want the foal to have for whatever your gonna be using it for. I would also want good solid feet and of coarse I know looks arent everything, but it's nice too. I know there's more I'm missing, just can't think of it all...lol!
She does, back a ways. But that back half of her papers is mostly Appendix QH. here's her pedigree, nothing special most of the big names are off them but not very far off
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Now, I don't know much about TB lines, but she's got some good QH lines. No wonder she looks like a TB! I do think she takes her looks from them more so than the QH in her,but she is pretty and not badly put together.
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The thing is, lines won't do much for you if the foal looks like a foot. Good confo, temper, lines, athletism etc etc is what makes a good foal.

What is the purpose of this foal? what is the reasoning for breeding her?
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The thing is, lines won't do much for you if the foal looks like a foot. Good confo, temper, lines, athletism etc etc is what makes a good foal.

What is the purpose of this foal? what is the reasoning for breeding her?
In my first post I stated the foal would be for me to keep.
She has lines, she has complete natural athletism as in she's literatty good at anything I try with her, her temper; she's highstrung and has an attitude but she has alot more heart and williness than most horses, And she has decent confo. There's a local stud I like, all his babies are stocky and put together nice, even with some badley conformed mares.
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You did not answer my question. "the foal would be for me to keep" doesnt explain what it is you want to do with that foal.

From the sound of your posts, it sounds like you already decided to breed your mare, so keep in mind that raising a foal is actually more expensive than to raise a foal that was already bred. The advantage of now breeding and choosing your own foal is you can be picky. You would be able to pick the gender you want, the color you want all the way to temper, investigate into the parent's lineage etc. Breeding is always risky, not only to the mare but to you to. It's not because that stud has had some nice foals, that it means you will get a nice foal. I would look into buying a foal so you can get exactly what it is you fancy.

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You did not answer my question. "the foal would be for me to keep" doesnt explain what it is you want to do with that foal.

From the sound of your posts, it sounds like you already decided to breed your mare, so keep in mind that raising a foal is actually more expensive than to raise a foal that was already bred. The advantage of now breeding and choosing your own foal is you can be picky. You would be able to pick the gender you want, the color you want all the way to temper, investigate into the parent's lineage etc. Breeding is always risky, not only to the mare but to you to. It's not because that stud has had some nice foals, that it means you will get a nice foal. I would look into buying a foal so you can get exactly what it is you fancy.
No I have not decided, your first post came off as rude. "lines won't do much if the foal looks like a foot" Not a friendly start to a post. I'm not picky about gender or color, a good horse is a good horse. I just want one foal out of my mare, if she was terriably ugly, a conformation trainwreck, uncordinated or a grade horse I'd never consider it, but she's none of those. I wouldn't breed it to sell, though I'd like it to be able to be sellable if I ever had to. It would be used for barrel racing. It might happen and it might not, either way it's not considerable until I have a permenant place to keep her and can afford it. By then she might be to old for me to want to risk breeding anyway.
All I'm asking is with knowing you can fully support a foal, and with the intention of keeping the foal, accepting all the risks involved, would you breed this mare?
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I would say it's impossible to judge from these photos. Based on conformation alone, you have one blurry photo where she looks like she may have some really good traits but then the next two pictures not only don't show her conformation, they actually make her look very weak and faulty which I don't think she is based on the first photo.

Regardless, I personally would never breed a horse on conformation alone. I would rather breed minor faults into a foal that has proven performance parents then wing it on apparent "perfect" conformation and find out there were faults way back in the pedigree.

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