Okay, so I have seriously been looking for another mare to bring up and add a little height to our future babies. Dez is just barely 15hh, which is great for me, and the disciplines I like, but I want possible variety. I want to appeal to people who want to lease, buy, or breed to horses that are a bit taller.
As this is a long term type plan, I would not be looking to add until spring of 09, but I am trying to get a good feel for what is out there. We have a baby coming in April, and I would like to take it one step at a time here. :)
Our little farm goal it to have a limited number of horses at any one time (6 or less, all with a job other than breeding), and produce a nice baby every year or every other year (each mare would have at least a full year off) with that baby being 1. A sale prospect or 2. A barn addition as a nice lesson/lease horse in addition to a personal/family show/competition horse. One final goal would be for one of the foals over the next 10 years to become a replacement for and improvement of Dez as the farm stallion. Dez would then be able to enjoy his time competing as a gelding. :)
That all being said, I like paint/quarter horses a lot, so that is what I am looking at for our farm. We have a nice 15hh QH mare. Now I am looking for a bigger paint mare to join the family.
This mare is one that I really like at first glance, and would be interested in getting more pictures and information: http://www.equine.com/horses/ad_details.aspx?lid=577001
She is $6,500, so that would still keep me within the $8,000 cap with shipping from BC (I would likely go down myself to BC).