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post #1 of 11 Old 07-19-2014, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Best breed for me

I believe in about a year or so I am going to have a nice foal bred. I have 2 rescues and an accident filly that was given to me and I am going to sell 2 out of the three. I also have just had a foal born that is cutting qh bred, but I'm keeping her:)

Anyways, I am just starting English riding (eventing), and I was wondering what breed should I breed for? I like taller horses... And I would need a non - stubborn breed also. Should I try for a cross? Or go Purebred? Also what two breeds would be the best cross/ purebred? Btw I am NOT backyard breeder and I am wanting a quality foal. I would like to buy a broodmare and pay a stud fee.

I just want to start looking around for a broodmare and help decide what I want for sure.

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-19-2014, 06:46 PM
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A lot of a foals' personality and capability, excluding physical features like height, comes from how they are raised and trained, not what breed they are, there are tonnes of different breeds suited to eventing, from warmbloods and sporthorses to welsh cobs and thoroughbreds.
You probably don't want to hear this, but because of this I must say I tend to disagree with breeding for the sake of breeding - why do you even want to go to the trouble of breeding a foal in the first place when there are tonnes of unwanted foals and young horses out there, or even trained adults in need of a loving home. That way, you have the chance to select a foal or a youngster or even an adult suited for your purpose. Even buying a fully trained eventer is likely to cost less than buying a quality broodmare and paying stud fees, an you have FAR more guarantee - breeding good quality horses doesn't guarantee a good quality foal. As you are quite new to eventing, what if you unknowingly make a bad breeding decision and end up with a foal you don't want, which will inevitably end up on the market, or at least only living half the life it deserves.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-19-2014, 07:10 PM
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Agree... I wouldn't breed. Esp since you have a foal already and are looking for a using horse. It'll be MANY years before you have that. (not to mention money and such) IF you even get what you want.

It sounds a little funny to breed for something when you don't even know what breed you want...

As far as breed.. it REALLY depends on the individual.

For eventing the go-to horse seems to be the Thoroughbred, though I've seen lots of other breeds do well. TBs (generally) seem to fit the type of horse you want. There are also many crosses out there that would do well.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-19-2014, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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I have thoroughly thought out if I want to breed or buy. I just love the thrill of waiting and seeing what is going to come of all of your hard work caring for the mare. I do agree the safer way to go would be to buy a colt or filly, but I just really enjoy having a foal. It's my dream to own a breeding farm for Arabians or alkhal tekes, but that won't happen any time soon :(

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post #5 of 11 Old 07-19-2014, 08:36 PM
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Good eventing breeds

You could try to find a taller Arab or ArabXTB (or Akhal Teke but probably a harder find!)
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-21-2014, 11:51 AM
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As long as you realize the costs involved with getting a foal, then go for it. I would also agree that you would be better off buying a foal and raising. The "thrill" of raising a foal is just as good when you buy one as a foal than when you breed them. I've done both and its no different. With a foal you get to choose the gender and color, breed etc.
Also what are you planning to do with this broodmare once you have that foal? I can't imagine you could keep her would you? Are you able to afford board and care for 2 horses? Are you able to afford vet bills, farrier care for 2 horses? Do you have the time to work with 2 horses? Foals are a lot of work and commitment, not to mention money.
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I Am definitely aware of the costs involved. And for the broodmare... I guess she will have a nice loving forever home . I have and have had very many horses and I know the time and money it takes for them and especially pregnant mares

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IMHO the best breed is one already on the ground with the conformation and attitude to do what you want.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-21-2014, 10:41 PM
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Well if you buy the broodmare and keep her (which you should if you're bothering to buy her.. just lease one otherwise) you are basically getting one horse for the price of two.. Not really worth it..
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-21-2014, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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I am also open to leasing. It's going to be a while so I will be able to get about 5,000 saved up if I save 100 each week for a year. That should cover most things. Jw, if say a tb had barrel horse bloodlines, if bred to a good stallion with the right bloodlines for eventing, could the foal be successful with jumping still? Also I would find the right sire and dam for this foal. It would Be a wanted foal if I had to sell it ( which isnt going to happen)

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