Originally Posted by Spyder
Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove
I don't want to start a debate here, but you CAN know if a horse is worthy to breed when it is a year. What are his bloodlines like. What did his sire and dam accomplish? If it isn't OUTSTANDING don't breed him. I doubt you want to support horse slaughter. =/
Other than that I think he is adorable =)
That is not always true.
My horse has very good bloodlines and conformation and he was georgous as a foal. Passable as a yearling. I wanted to hide him from view as a 2 year old and now he is back to being georgous.
Horses go through stages and I have looked at this horse's background in another thread. What I see is a very breedable grand sire but nowhere near the type I like but that is neither here nor there. His offspring...Scouts sire is of lesser quality for the purpose that the grand sire was designed/bred for but I actually like him better (other than he is gaited) simply because he is more my type.
Now Scout to me has gone way off track to the original purpose for what was being bred for the show ring ( referring to the grandsire) and I personally would geld him as he is nowhere near what I think the expected breeding result from his sire's and dam's mating. Then I look at what mine went through. I waited past the yearling stage and past the hide the fugly 2 year old and pass the "OK" 3 year old.
Mine blossumed at 4 and older.
I agree, horses do go through stages, and conformation wise it is very hard to judge. Young horses are gangly and akward. But if they have mile long pasterns or club feet or something you're going to be able to see that.
What I meant was if you have a horse with a highly accomplished sire and a highly accomplished dam who has no incredible defaults that could be passed down or lead to a breakdown for the horse that is something I think would be safe to consider breeding.
However, a horse with a no-name sire or dam and any problematic conformational faults should not be bred.
This isn't talking about this horse in particular. I don't know anything about his bloodlines and I'm not evaluating his conformation. I was just talking about breeding in general. It is very possible to have a good idea of whether a yearling is breeding material or not.
I am also not trying to decide whether this horse is breedable or not, as I said before, I don't know anything about him really.
Of course, that also entails the whole "Why are you breeding" question which is a whole nother story. Which, if he were to be kept a stallion, I would wonder that. If that makes sense?
Hope that cleared up what I meant. If not I apologize in advance. My brain has gone on vacation. It's been storming for hours.