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post #1 of 44 Old 07-10-2012, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Breed? Don't Breed?

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This is a semi-hypothetical thread because I go from seriously considering to seriously not considering to thoughtful, etc. So let's get some really honost and blunt opinions shall we?

Beauty is a 17 year old AQHA registered mare. She does have some pretty decent bloodlines, most of which are halter. She has been bred 5 times.

Riley, my gelding is her fifth baby. He is 16 hands and has been a nice all-around gelding for me. He fractured his pelvis as a baby and I've had to do a lot of maintenance to keep him sound. We are still doing some fairly costly things with him but he's a great minded, kind hearted, great moving horse so I'm doing what I can. I want to face the possibility, however that in a few years he may have to be used for trail and light riding. He may, howver, ride great for many years.

I've thought about buying a yearling or a two year old and having it trained. I've thought about buying a made horse or a young one ready to start in the show ring and I've thought about breeding.

Obviously I'm not ready to make any decisions as I've missed this breeding season anyway for the most part. I have considered a few studs, one that I really like is really small. Like maybe 15 hands and since she's only 14.3 that probably won't give me much size.

Now, there are things that I have not given much thought to yet that I would really have to put consider such as, do I want to deal with a baby? My property is not baby proof, what will have to be done to get it there? Do I really want to go through that trouble again...? Raising a baby was hard work!

Anyway... I took some fairly poor conformation shots tonight but I'll post them anyway for conversations sake.

The last two pix are of Riley.
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Me personally, would breed her. Riley is a absolutely gorgeous horse and I'd certainly be happy if I had a second one of him around the stable.

But I would breed ONLY to the best of the best stallions. (Cough Cough, All Time Fancy...)

But seriously...I think she is a nice mare that WILL outproduce herself. (As in Riley...)

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I must admit, she looks rough in these pix! She hasn't been ridden in a couple years and she's very sun-faded and ate up! What little "muscle" tone she does have is natural. She also may appear a little lopsided because she severed the tendons in her back leg and doesn't have full flexibility anymore so she doesn't fully use her back end.

As far as I know, she has never been shown although she was western pleasure trained. Her "attitude" is what got her turned into a broodmare. We bought her for beginner walk/trot small lope riding and she is a great beginner horse. She prefers beginners. Period.

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Buy a prospect.
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You can't beat a mare with a fabulous disposition. Honestly.

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Buy a prospect.
As in like a two year old or younger?

I've been looking at the on-line classifieds and haven't seen anything that interests me. At all. Of course some of that may be that I'm not quite ready to make that decision yet. I keep thinking, let's give it some time and maybe next year look or even the year after...

I havn't had any discussions with my trainer yet either because I'm in so wishy-washy right now....

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You can't beat a mare with a fabulous disposition. Honestly.
Yeah, you can.

They don't give world titles in disposition.


I'd buy a prospect. She's an older mare, and not very modern. I think your goals are to compete at the breed level, right? You could purchase a prospect, maybe even a 3 or 4 year old that got stuck on the back burner, for about what it would take to get your mare bred. Without the risk to your mare.
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As in like a two year old or younger?

I've been looking at the on-line classifieds and haven't seen anything that interests me. At all. Of course some of that may be that I'm not quite ready to make that decision yet. I keep thinking, let's give it some time and maybe next year look or even the year after...

I havn't had any discussions with my trainer yet either because I'm in so wishy-washy right now....
There are some incredible prospects our there now on PHF and such. Go on youtube and play with search terms like "AQHA prospect for sale" and you'll find a ton.
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Yeah, you can.

They don't give world titles in disposition.


I'd buy a prospect. She's an older mare, and not very modern. I think your goals are to compete at the breed level, right? You could purchase a prospect, maybe even a 3 or 4 year old that got stuck on the back burner, for about what it would take to get your mare bred. Without the risk to your mare.
I'd rather have a mare with a great disposition other then a world champion b***h. Not worth the hassle. Unless I just owned it, never touched it/rode it/saw it and it spent 12 months out of the year with the trainer.
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As in like a two year old or younger?

I've been looking at the on-line classifieds and haven't seen anything that interests me. At all. Of course some of that may be that I'm not quite ready to make that decision yet. I keep thinking, let's give it some time and maybe next year look or even the year after...

I havn't had any discussions with my trainer yet either because I'm in so wishy-washy right now....
Plenty nice prospects I know don't get advertised online. Start asking around.
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