Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Port Orchard Washington State
My mares won't be bred to him not only because they are the wrong breed but because I didn't buy them to breed. I bought them to show. If I had a broodmare of the correct breed and lines specifically for breeding I would have no reservations on using her to produce his first year or even more for him however my mares are not going to do that.
I know the friesian registery is very very very picky and doesn't allow any crossbreeding what so ever so he would only be available to same breed mares and only of magnificent lines. So by the time breeding roles around unless I find a mare that is of amazing lines and the owner is willing to let her be a test so to speak that is the direction I would go. However if that didn't come about I'd have no other option but to purchase my own broodmare of acceptable lines to work with.
I can see where you're coming from but also think about the situation. I don't know of other registries rules but cross breeding is highly shamed for the Friesian registry although many do it. Gypsy Vanner to Friesian has it's own registry as Gypsian however the Friesian owner would get a ton of backlash for allowing that breeding, the stallion number would be dropped and from what I've been hearing...I'd be kicked from fhana and all friesian specific shows. Not something I'd like to aim for since Friesian showing is his main purpose. Besides the fact, breeding out to a Gypsy or a Clydesdale isn't exactly promoting correct breeding in the Friesian lines and that's what I would be doing very limited breeding for.
Back on further topic just running the OP's question by friends and other riders today out of curiosity many wouldn't breed to an unproven stud and only one they've had experience with. Not necessarily in person but they would need to see papers, show records, points, offspring, offspring achievements...a number of things an unproven stud might not be able to have records for. However the people I talked to are high into the show world and only would breed to the most proven, reliable, and the best of course. I have no idea how they'd go about if breeding for a trail companion or such. They also said they wouldn't breed to a stud under the age of 6 and that would be a minimum age. Which made me think of Lestat and realize since showing is his main priority, until he's well on his way into that he won't even be phantom trained. Show show show of course. And that's what everybody said. They also said for breeding, when the option is available they'd go see the stud prospect show and meet him in person. Pictures and video can be photo shopped and edited to the stallions better side so to speak so if it's possible most would take the time to see him in person if it were an available option.
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Last edited by drafts4ever; 01-31-2012 at 11:19 PM.