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    02-28-2014, 04:36 PM
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
This is going to hurt your feelings, and I don't know how to say it without doing that.

As a stallion owner, I would not accept this mare for breeding to my stallion, she has too many faults. And unfortunately, the stallion is always the one who gets the blame. My contract reads, "Stands to approved mares." and I do look to approve or not before I'll breed.

No worries, I appreciate everyone's honesty. But if you read everything I said, I'm NOT going to be breeding her. I was just interested in seeing some examples of stallions that are strong in the areas she's lacking to get a visual. I just find it interesting and am always trying to further my knowledge, I thought this would be an "interactive" way to accomplish that. :)
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    02-28-2014, 05:12 PM
Originally Posted by Elana    
This is a very nicely turned out mare but she is not breeding worthy. She is steep in the shoulder, and the point of shoulder is a bit low making the angle from point of shoulder to elbow too shallow. She is built downhill.

Her over long coupling is followed by a point of croup set too far back and a croup that is too steep. Her stifle is placed too far to the rear and with the combination of all these things has created an over straight hind leg that compensates by being sickle hocked.

Her front feet are over long toed putting a lot of pressure on a front leg that is tied in quite severely at the knee. Her neck looks to be over muscled on the bottom and lacks correct muscling along the top.. probably because she cannot truly collect, shift her weight to the rear and raise her back.

Her knees and hocks a lacking in bone but are placed nice and low. She is adequate through her barrel and may be carrying just a little bit too much weight. However, she looks like that type of horse and she would look poor if she were slightly thin.

She is probably a lovely horse to own and ride but she is not a horse I would breed. You can get a better quality foal with a more correct dam and sire for less than it would cost to breed this mare.
Thank you for your very detailed response! I always like reading your comments in other threads I've seen. She is a lovely horse to own, and for my purposes with her, she's been perfect.
    02-28-2014, 06:18 PM
Originally Posted by SugarNSpice    
But if you read everything I said, I'm NOT going to be breeding her.
I read it, just some people are very sensitive to statements like I made.

There are really nicely put together stallions out there, but I'd be hesitant to recommend one without further info on your mare's pedigree, hereditary disease profile testing and more info on what you wanted to do with prospective the foal, should you decide to breed. There's a LOT more that goes into a breeding decision than just looking at the 2 animals you want to put together, or at least, there ought to be.

When I look at a mare to buy for breeding to my stallion, I look at her disease panel testing results, conformation, her temperament, her skill set, her pedigree, her show record (if any) and the show records of her relatives. If she has foals on the ground, I like to see them too.
    02-28-2014, 10:01 PM
At her age I would not breed her. She is not what I would consider breeding stock. She looks slightly toed out in front and the other comments seem correct.
With all that said, no horse is perfect, and I think she is a cute little mare.

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