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    12-07-2011, 08:28 PM
Would YOU breed this mare?

Please note -- I do not have intentions on breeding this horse (or any other) at this time or in the near future. I'm simply curious after hearing multiple local opinions as to what breeders here think.

"Cream Puff" is my grade Quarter horse (to be honest, she could be a stock Paint for all I know!) mare, who's between 12 & 14 (can't recall at this point). A gentleman came to ride with us one day and mentioned he used to breed & show Quarter horses; I asked him what he thought of her, and he said she was flashy and would be nice for Western Pleasure & could throw great babies with the right stallion. Other people have talked about her conformation & the "pretty babies" she would throw.

These are not "proper" conformation pictures and I apologize; but they are what I have at this moment.

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    12-07-2011, 08:31 PM
No, sorry, just for the fact she's not registered. While she is a cute mare, her confo is not something I would want to pass along. Please don't be insulted, this is a very nice little mare, but not breeding quality.
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    12-07-2011, 08:38 PM
That's exactly what I wanted to know. Being she's grade, breeding her to a registered stallion would be down-breeding, and basically do no good (and breeding to another grade would just cause an all new mess). It's my understanding that for the foal to be registered, it has to have 2 AQHA/APHA parents. I was also hesitant because of the uncertainty with her breeding (we bought her from her trainer; breeding unknown).

Considering I'm starting to look at breeding as a business myself, I'm not insulted in the least with your reply. As a matter of fact, I commend your honesty.
    12-07-2011, 08:45 PM
There would be no reputable registries that would take the foal. She also does not look like a WP-type mover to me.
    12-07-2011, 08:51 PM
Green Broke
Depending on the stallion, there are certain registries that would accept the foal, but it would only be able to show half the pedigree.
The mare is pretty and her confo is not that bad. Apart from her being a little long in the back and her hind legs slightly sickled, she looks nicely put together and is flashy.
I've seen worse mares used for breeding that werent registered and she is a pretty gal but I wouldnt recommend breeding her unless you intended to keep the foal
    12-07-2011, 08:57 PM

That has also crossed my mind. She is built more along the lines of reining horses, in my opinion. I've noticed Western Pleasure horses are much similar to halter horses, such as Darla here (who was shown in both halter & WP).

Regardless, she doesn't care for barrels or poles; I'm working on where her "heart" is for fun shows. Since she's a livery horse, it wouldn't be ideal to show seriously; simply because my cues are quickly undone by customers. :/

Ruffian, my boss had toyed with the idea of breeding her. The company had 2 foals before (now ages 4 & 5) and she wanted all of the volunteers to have a "foal experience," and Cream came into the conversation because she's one of our best put-together mares... but isn't registered. Regardless, I have no personal plans of breeding here and will advise my boss not to go with it, especially with the market being what it is and other factors in the equation.
    12-07-2011, 11:51 PM
Just because she's grade and you have no idea of her history or what her family looks like, I would not breed her.
    12-08-2011, 12:09 AM
On the bandwagon - No. I wouldn't breed an unregistered mare anyway, and as far as I'm concerned there's nothing really super desireable about her. She's cute, looks super sweet, but for all you know there could be some horrible genetic defect on her side that she could potentially throw to a foal; Not saying that is likely, but possible nonetheless.

Now, is there any reason she can't be an awesome mare to ride? Not at all. I have the fugliest mare alive out in my pasture right now - Lanky, triangle butt, big knot in her head....Best **** kids horse I've ever owned. But I would rather shoot myself in the foot than breed her.

Enjoy this mare - I have to say she's gorgeous, I'm a sucker for that one picture of her in the pasture. I wish my horses would get a coat like that - Seems that even in the summer mine can find some way to cover themselves in dirt *pout face*
    12-08-2011, 12:17 AM
Sorrel, I agree (as you can read in my above posts). Hearing everyone who sees her, "You going to get a baby out of her?" and thought I'd ask and get answers I already know. :P

She is a good ride -- smooth trot, easy neck rein. Does everything for you on the trail (won't eat, keeps her distance from the horse in front of you, stops on her own/when she gets too close, etc.). I've learned so much off of her; together we went from her being "expert/worker only" to children at the age of 7 riding her this year who'd never been on anything outside of the carousel at the fair.

As for her coat... A super-great diet, already-prissy horse (hardly every dirty), and a grooming OCD owner with a bottle of Laser Sheen and a rag. :P
    12-08-2011, 12:25 AM
If this mare is a good kid horse, she's worth her weight in gold! Any horse who takes care of green riders & children belongs in a special class. You can't breed that, you just stand in awe of it!
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