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        12-08-2011, 12:29 AM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    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!

    Would you believe it was this same horse less than a full year ago who would go onto the trail, maybe 100 meters from the barn -- then whorl/rear, and rear more if you dared touch the rein to try and turn her back out? Horribly cinchy to the point she bit a woman on the arm (my boss) and left a bruise for weeks? Would spook so badly when she was tied she broke numerous boards? Would kick the daylights out of anyone who even thought of touching her feet?

    I meant it when I said I learned more off of this mare than any of our "babysitters." I have been the only thing standing between her and the nearest auction house more than once... And here she is, previously grouchy & unapproachable to a loving babysitter in her own rights (still a smidge cinchy though), and will quietly pick up all 4 feet.
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        12-08-2011, 01:16 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    I really like her and think she's quite pretty, and I think just by judging from her outer looks, she would make good foals with the right stallion, but everyone else is right.
    I don't believe people should breed their own horses if avoidable, although you don't have to only breed for marketing. My mom is breeding her old mare, for sentimental reasons- but we know everything about her, she has great breeding that we want to keep going, and we have no intention of selling the foal. The foal would become my mom's new horse, and her mare would be retired. Not to mention, my mom knows what she's doing and can easily train the foal, etc.
    The issue I see is that you just don't know anything about your mare's genetics.
         
        12-08-2011, 01:33 AM
      #13
    Showing
    She's a cute little mare and I've seen lots of broodmares that didn't have conformation as good as she does...but I have to agree with everyone else. In this market, I wouldn't want to breed something that was less than impeccable in every single way; bloodlines (proven via registration), conformation, temperament, training, and I want their ability proven as well. Also, just for clarification, when I say proven, I don't necessarily mean in the show pen. Show points mean jack to me, but I want them to have a job and be **** good at every single aspect of that job...and be willing to exhibit their ability at said job.
         
        12-08-2011, 06:19 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I wouldnt breed any horse right now, Just don't see the point in rolling the dice, then dealing with the expense and training for years before you can do anything with them. There are way to many young 2-3 year olds out there that need homes and are ready to start training today.
         
        12-08-2011, 10:58 AM
      #15
    Trained
    She is a gorgeous mare. Love the expression in the first picture!
    I don't know that I would look at breeding as a business right now... A money sucking well that you love, maybe. Lol
         
        12-08-2011, 11:26 AM
      #16
    Trained
    If she were papered and had a good pedigree, heck yeah, I like the look of her. Unregistered? Nope.
         
        12-10-2011, 08:30 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    This would bring up an argument that is in every other breeding thread. Why? Why bring another foal that might have the right conformation because one person told you that your mare was decent if you found the perfect stallion. If you wanted just to get a decent grade foal then you could just buy one and not potentially risk your decent mare's life.

    Realistically, no. Hypothetically, no. I don't really know what he really saw in her. I know plenty of mares who look exactally like her. Yeah, she is cute as any horse, and I don't know if she has a good personality or not but that really doesn't intirely matter when it cpmes to breeding.

    If she is a great horse, then you shouldn't risk it. Risk the chance of complications or having an expensive foal that you cannot even use because somewhere it conformationally took a nose dive.
         
        12-10-2011, 09:13 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    ButtInTheDirt,

    If you read the red text, you would see I have NO intention of ever breeding this mare. I just wanted to know what knowledgeable breeders would say in contrast to the "Average Joe" breeders I see at the barn.
         
        12-10-2011, 09:20 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    I think it's great you have curiosity, just like I do. Even if we have NO intention on breeding our animals, it is fun to see if people think they would be a good candidate for breeding. Cinny is a gelding, but I often wonder what people would think of him where it came to breeding. (I'm sure he's a gelding because he's a Solid APHA, LOL)

    Anyway, I think even if this cute little mare were registered, I might not breed her due to her age and she has a few too many conformation quirks for me that I wouldn't want passed down.

    I love how some breeders like to throw in the words "with the right stallion." Ha ha, if a mare were crap, (I'm not saying yours because yours is adoreable and definitely not) even with the right stallion you still run the possibility of getting...crap.
         
        12-10-2011, 09:41 PM
      #20
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
    I think it's great you have curiosity, just like I do. Even if we have NO intention on breeding our animals, it is fun to see if people think they would be a good candidate for breeding. Cinny is a gelding, but I often wonder what people would think of him where it came to breeding. (I'm sure he's a gelding because he's a Solid APHA, LOL)

    Anyway, I think even if this cute little mare were registered, I might not breed her due to her age and she has a few too many conformation quirks for me that I wouldn't want passed down.

    I love how some breeders like to throw in the words "with the right stallion." Ha ha, if a mare were crap, (I'm not saying yours because yours is adoreable and definitely not) even with the right stallion you still run the possibility of getting...crap.

    You can polish a turd...
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