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    12-11-2011, 12:29 AM
  #21
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ButtInTheDirt    
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.
um. I think this is a bit... dramatic. No horse is going to be PERFECT, there's always going to be a little thing that isn't right- If I went by this logic I would have none of my horses, because let's face it, mine aren't lookers. They're average, yet they out-do all the other horses all the time. You shouldn't breed a horse with faults, but this mare, for example? She'd be fine, unless her background sucked. ESPECIALLY with the right stallion.
I have a mare with a long back, long pasterns, and a big head, and my mom decided she wanted to breed her because of her blood lines, and her foal is kick-*ss. Not perfect, but she's by far got what it takes.
Unless in certain situations, I doubt you have to be that dramatic about conformational nosedives in the foal that will stop it from being a good horse, unless you have a breeding business or are in really high-level competition.
Plus, the chance of your mare 'losing her life'? That's 90% about proper care from the owner. This point of view seems a bit over the top unrealistic to me, although I don't condone everyone with a fertile horse breeding foals... there are just so many more factors to it.
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    12-11-2011, 12:32 AM
  #22
Foal
No, sorry, I don't feel that she is breeding quality. She sure is a cutie tho. But grade horses being bred in this market doesnt make much sense to me.
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    12-11-2011, 09:27 PM
  #23
Yearling
So your not breeding or looking to breed but your looking to start a breeding business?? I'm lost
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    12-11-2011, 10:10 PM
  #24
Weanling
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Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl    
So your not breeding or looking to breed but your looking to start a breeding business?? I'm lost
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I didn't say anything about starting a breeding business with this mare. I have aspirations to become a breeder, but that's nowhere near the current standings -- I'm going to see about work with an established breeder in my area to learn the ropes, and then start much, much later in my life. I'm nowhere near ready to breed & handle any foals right now.

A gentleman who used to breed Quarter horses complimented me on her build a while back when he came to ride the trails. Other people would tell me she would throw "beautiful babies." Out of curiosity, I wanted to know what knowledgeable breeders (business or for other reasons) here on the forum had to say in contrast to what people around here say, who don't breed or were subjected to "accidental" breeding.
     
    12-11-2011, 10:43 PM
  #25
Showing
If the market were different, where good horses of any breeding (even unknown) were still bringing good money, I wouldn't hesitate to breed her to a stud that complimented her. She's not perfect, but she does have some features that are, by and large, missing in a lot of horses these days. She has a very nice shoulder, good hock angle, and bone/hoof substance that should make other horses green with envy.

But, the market is what it is and there just isn't a market for grade horses unless they are super well trained so, no offense to the mare, but her foal would basically be worthless (monetarily speaking).

I tend to look at horses with a working cowboy eye. I look for signs of structural soundness that would enable the horse to stand against a lifetime of hard work. In that respect, I really like her quite a lot. She's not flashy and, depending on who you ask, may not be considered beautiful, but she is built strong.
     
    12-11-2011, 11:01 PM
  #26
Yearling
I didn't say a breeding buisness with this mare just saying as a overall picture.
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    12-12-2011, 12:50 AM
  #27
Foal
No. Aside from the fact she isn't registered, she is also downhill and over at the knee from what I can see. She looks lovely, but isn't a breeding quality mare.
     
    12-12-2011, 11:23 AM
  #28
Trained
Why does everyone have to get their panties in a bunch when talking about breeding?!

Creampuff I thnk what you are doing is great! You want to be a breeder, you do your research! And what better way then coming on here and asking opinions to learn about conformation and breeding standards etc. Good on ya!

And, afterall, we do have A LOT of people on here who seem to know everything about breeding ;)
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    12-12-2011, 11:58 AM
  #29
Weanling
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Originally Posted by FGRanch    
Why does everyone have to get their panties in a bunch when talking about breeding?!

Creampuff I thnk what you are doing is great! You want to be a breeder, you do your research! And what better way then coming on here and asking opinions to learn about conformation and breeding standards etc. Good on ya!

And, afterall, we do have A LOT of people on here who seem to know everything about breeding ;)
I think a lot of it has to do with the backyard-breeder type, and the people who flaunt their breeding of monetarily-worthless, horribly conformed horses. :P

Cream has that sturdy working look to her. Would I love to breed her? Heck yeah! BUT I know that anything I do with my horses, I have to consider if I ever have to sell them. And if I ever have to sell her foal, I'd probably have harder luck giving it away than selling it. Hence, I let my curiosity take over and thought to ask here.

Ladybugsgirl, were you referring to this statement??
I do not have intentions on breeding this horse (or any other) at this time or in the near future.

At this time, in all, I have no intentions of breeding anything. I have no experience with foal handling and I only have a vague idea about the processes. Why would I breed right now (or within the next few years) with the extensive amount of green that I have?
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