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post #11 of 15 Old 12-21-2011, 10:50 PM
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Hmm sounds like a farm I came across while I was shopping a few months ago... They were breeding quarter horses, all registered and good confo, but questionable temperament. They were basically breeding for the color which happened to also be champagne.

Okay, so the two studs that they had DID have good lines, but they were both two year olds with little to no training, and they were only breeding to mares that would throw the "right" colors, seemingly regardless of anything else. They were trying to sell one of their untrained studs for $5500. You could barely lead him, let alone ride. The fact that nobody on the property would get on the horse was telling. He sure was pretty, though. :roll:
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I have to interject here. I see no problem with breeding for colour if the horses are all of good conformation, health and temperament. If the horses are good individuals of their breed, what does it matter if you are selective about the colour you want the foal to be? Breeding fugly horses because of their colour is wrong, I will agree with that. But breeding quality horses with a particular colour in mind is not.
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I have to interject here. I see no problem with breeding for colour if the horses are all of good conformation, health and temperament. If the horses are good individuals of their breed, what does it matter if you are selective about the colour you want the foal to be? Breeding fugly horses because of their colour is wrong, I will agree with that. But breeding quality horses with a particular colour in mind is not.

I agree with you- if the horses are of good confirmation, health, and temperament.

The issue, I THINK, is that people breed horses with bad confirmation and bad temperaments, because they think the foal will have good color. I think what people are saying, and I agree, is that breeding for COLOR ALONE shouldn't be done.
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I agree, the issue I am having with my friend is that she is breeding her young mare yearly to a worthless stallion with a BAD confo but great temperament.

The mare is perfect but not in good condition after having her first foal. And the foal/weanling is not all that great, sure he is sweet and his confo is a tiny bit better than dad's but he has serious flaws.

She claims to breed for confo as well as color. Which she is NOT. She breeds only for color and prices them based on their color when the horse is only worth 500....when she is asking 10k for the colt and for the stallion....which I wouldn't buy period.

She breeds for color....

I agree I breed for conformation and temperament first, and then color. Not the other way around.
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post #15 of 15 Old 12-22-2011, 03:48 AM
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Well unfortunately, no amount of complaining and whinging on a forum is going to change what your friend is doing.
What will you do if said friend comes across this thread - just google a few words and it'll come right up on the first page of google.

Have you actually confronted this friend? And questioned (nicely) why she is breeding her mare to this not so great stallion? Maybe suggest other stallion choices?

As for prices, well, a horse is only worth as much as a person is willing to pay. She might be putting 10k on horses that we don't think are worth that much, but hey, there might be someone out there that falls in love with the temperament, is cashed up, and is willing to pay that much money. My yearling's asking price was AU$14 000 as soon as he hit the ground, he was purpose bred as a dressage horse. Now I was happy to pay what I did for him, as to me, he is worth that. But to someone who wants a western pleasure horse, or a racing horse, he's worth jack squat.

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