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post #1 of 55 Old 03-13-2011, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 6 year old Quarab mare who is in season. I want to breed her. She is a sorrel with no markings at all. I like something with color like a buckskin or appaloosa. What could get me a little bonus in beauty. For example will you get a palomino from a sorrel and perlino? I just need a little advice for some color.
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post #2 of 55 Old 03-13-2011, 01:14 PM
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What is your goal in breeding besides color? Is she registered? Has she accomplished anything?
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I'm sure you don't mean this as it sounds, because it really does sound like she has come into season and you have just thought,

"Oh I'm going to breed her now"

You of course aren't that shallow are you?
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She is not registered.. She loves jumping. I prefer nongaited cause I live in TN and I am not a walking horse fan. She has been in season and my neighbors have stallions to choose from. I don't want to breed her till her next season though. Im not shallow. Just wondering what would bring a little color. Dixie will do anything you ask her to. She jumps, trail rides, etc..
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My goal is something with a little endurance and height to it.
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so you want to breed your non registered, horse for color...cause she likes to jump?
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She's not registered and is a mixed breed. I, honestly, wouldn't breed her.

Yes you can get color breeding to homozygous studs, but it isn't worth it. You need to be breeding to better the breed or horse. The stud needs to complement and fix your mare's faults. Breeding just because your mare has a functional uterus and your neighbor has stallions with function testicles is not a good reason to breed. Breeding because you have a "free" breeding is not a good reason to breed. Breeding should not be done lightly.

Are you willing to risk loosing your mare due to foaling complications? Are you going to ultrasound at about 14 day to make sure she isn't carrying twins? Are you going to do all the prenatal vaccinations? Are you willing to put all the money and effort of the above into a foal that may not be suitable for what you want out of it?
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1) I can get her registered if needed. It was a simple question on what I could get with a sorrel, No need to be so rude about it. Maybe I want to breed her. And the breeding IS NOT free. She is up to date with all her shots and everything. I am willing to take care of a foal. I have done it millions of times. She technically is a designer breed horse kinda like a goldendoodle. Maybe I want to breed her so I can get a foal from her for myself. It's my choice not anyone elses. I just wanted to know what colors and genetics I could get with different colors.
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1) I can get her registered if needed. It was a simple question on what I could get with a sorrel, No need to be so rude about it. Maybe I want to breed her. And the breeding IS NOT free. She is up to date with all her shots and everything. I am willing to take care of a foal. I have done it millions of times. She technically is a designer breed horse kinda like a goldendoodle. Maybe I want to breed her so I can get a foal from her for myself. It's my choice not anyone elses. I just wanted to know what colors and genetics I could get with different colors.
Designer breed is not really a reason to breed. However if you absolutely *need* as in No other foal from any other source would satisfy you, and 'wanna have a baby from my favorite horse' doesn't count. You need to worry about color last, conformation first, and you need to register your mare so that the foal can have papers and a better chance of finding a home should reality strike and you can't afford two horses.
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As to Appy color, you would need to breed her to a homozygous stallion, specifically a true fewspot or snowcap, to be assured of Appy color.

As to breeding her though, I raised Araloosas for many years, and obviously like half Arabs. I don't recommend breeding them, though. It is difficult enough to predict what you will get when you crossbreed, but nearly impossible to predict what you will get in the next generation. The first rule of breeding is don't breed if you don't have a reasonable expectation of what you will produce.

If you must breed her, I would suggest an Arab stallion would be a better choice than an Appy or QH. If you want color, use a grey stallion and hope for the best...
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