Good post. I agree with a lot of what you're saying. HOWEVER, not all people who breed grade horses are "backyard" breeders who know nothing and will end up with a purposeless, fugly baby.
I am a person who is considering breeding their grade mare. She is only 17 months old at the moment so WAY too young yet, my intention is to break her to saddle age 3 and then put a year of light dressage work into her before putting her in foal at 4, to foal at 5 and then wean the foal when Satin is 5 and a half, and bring her back into work. THEN I will start jumping (when she has regained muscle/balance), and won't have to worry about whether it will damage her body to allow her to progress at the rate her MIND is capable of.
My top consideration when choosing the BREED of stallion is whether or not the resulting foal could be registered. That pretty much limits me to breeds that allow partbred registration with only one registered parent, which still allows me to breed to a stallion of the breed I love best - Welsh section D, for a registerable part Welsh foal. I believe Satin's sire may well have a high percentage of Welsh D blood, and if she matures anything like him (looking likely, she has an AWESOME neck for a 17mo), a Cob-type stallion will compliment her nicely.
My girl's foal will be either a children's large pony, which I will break in and train to be an allrounder and show hunter pony and sell when it's broke enough for a child, OR it will be a smallish solid-built horse intended to be a mid-level eventer/showjumper for me. Satin's sire has a VERY nice scopey jump, and jump is very heritable, so I don't doubt she has inherited it and could easily pass it on when bred to the right stallion.
The stallions I am considering are well-shown for great results, heights ranging from 13hh to 16hh, and all of very nice type. I am VERY picky with breeding animals, they must be of good to superior quality FOR MY DISCIPLINE, not necessarily top level but reasonable talent. Most of them are Welsh (either section B or section D), but there's a Morgan and a couple of Arabians and even a Gypsy.
Not all of us who breed grade mares are lacking in knowledge, just want a kyoot baybee, or a "piece of their mare". I have had comments from people at shows (including a couple of judges) that my girl is going to be very nice when she's all grown up. She has been very lightly shown for good results. Before I bought her I did my research and her sire throws a consistent type to VERY different mares, from part-Arab through TB and even a QH. He has thrown a palomino and a chestnut so HAS to carry red, but has otherwise mostly thrown buckskin. Satin's dam is a black part-Arab with minimal white. Satin's BREEDER is small-time and does not own her own stallion, but consistently turns out horses of nice type and temperament.
Satin will NOT be bred to any horse that tests positive to any genetic disease, and will not be bred to any horse that's untested that's of a breed that may carry said genetic diseases.
Sure, breeding to any old stallion with any old mare is a BAD thing. But if you do your research, know the direct parents of the horse you're considering breeding, and specifically look for a stallion that compliments the mare AND her grandparents, then you're doing ok. I know a few "respected" breeders of purebred, registered stock who don't look past whether it's papered and of the right breed, so it's not JUST us backyard grade breeders!
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 05-23-2012 at 02:17 AM.