Ugh.. I had a long response typed up, but I don't know where it went.. so I'll just summarize what I had said.
Even with a very, very nicely put together stallion, it's possible he might not even improve on one of her flaws, let alone all of them. That's a risk I would not be willing take.
Breeding is VERY expensive, even when everything goes smoothly. It's not uncommon for mares owners to surpass the cost of $1,800 before their mare is even pregnant! I guarantee a pricey yearling will be much cheaper than breeding your mare. Even 'simple' complications, such as your new foal testing with low IgG levels, and then needing to do a plasma transfusion (I had to do that this year), costs a pretty penny.
Serious complications are outrageously expensive, and all too common when breeding your mare. Even after spending ridiculous amounts of money, you could end up with both mare and foal dead.
If you're worried about not being able to afford and expensive new horse, breeding would not be a good idea, I can assure you.
Buying a baby/yearling/horse already on the ground, when you know already know their build/color/temperament etc., is a much better choice than breeding, especially when it comes to expenses.
There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing. ~ Will Rogers
Last edited by AnnaLover; 06-29-2012 at 02:26 PM.