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        02-13-2011, 07:28 PM
    There isn't much of a market for TB stallions unless they excel at a certain discipline. Most people who want a TB sporthorse will use a mare as the TB half, then breed her to the other half. If he excels at a certain discipline, then it's more reason to keep him a stud, but if he doesn't, then geldig him might be best for him. Other than that.. his hind end looks fairly weak in that photo, and he looks fairly sickle hocked. I personally would likely geld him. Unless he's something special, there's no reason to breed your mare to him rather than something that excels at their job.
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        02-13-2011, 07:36 PM
    Since he won't be shown and you want something to endurance/trail ride, I would vote for gelding him and either training him or selling him to get something for your boyfriend to ride. It will be 4-6 years between breeding and endurance riding if you want to "make your own." Plus the baby may not turn out to be what you want. Unless you have tons of time to wait on the foal to grow up and be trained, you would be ahead of the game to just buy a grown horse to use for the boyfriend's endurance riding horse, IMHO.
        02-13-2011, 08:00 PM
    4-2-6... how many races did he do in total? It's impossible to tell what his conformation is like from that photo. IMO, you should only keep stallions if they have perfect (near perfect) conformation AND have proven themselves as worthy - such as winning races or competitions.
        02-13-2011, 08:03 PM
    He is a very good boy. I ride him bareback with nothing but a halter. I have heard that I may see his true colors in the springtime though. He has 60 days prof. Dressage/english training off the track. He ran 6 races total... and won four of them... But they were claimers/allowances. He was not racing Zenyatta or anything ;) I probably won't sell him. He is a good riding horse, and might do good in endurance himself. Thank you all for your opinions. I will try and get better pictures.
        02-13-2011, 08:27 PM

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        02-13-2011, 08:33 PM
    I vote geld, he is lovely looking but nothing special, looks like a great many TBs and his race record is not very impressive. If he were worth breeding, his owners from racing would have kept him and done that.
        02-13-2011, 09:00 PM
    Green Broke
    He's a pretty horse but I'd geld him.
        02-13-2011, 09:07 PM
    I also say geld.

    There seems to be nothing REALLY spectacular about him that will show in offspring. Plus, im not saying he wont be a great, broke, easy to handle stallion, but if you geld him, there will be more likelihood he will be more easy going and laid back as a gelding.
        02-13-2011, 09:11 PM
    He is a very pretty horse, but he is a bit downhill, and with nothing to his name....unless a Thoroughbred really has a name in something, be it racing, dressage, or eventing, snip snip. Thoroughbreds are EVERYWHERE, and going for a dime a dozen.
        02-13-2011, 09:22 PM
    I agree with Lady, if you really want something for your boyfriend to ride, I think it would be worth your while to save up your money, and buy something that's already at least 3, and can be started if you are interested in doing the training yourself, or something maybe 4 or 5 that's already got some miles on him/her, that you know would work with your husband. There are so many variables in breeding, and just because you cross the two does not mean that you'll be guaranteed a horse that would be big enough for your husband, or that the horse would be good at endurance, or that the horse will be born healthy with good conformation. Breeding is not all bad, and you may get a totally awesome foal, but if the only reason you are thinking of breeding is to have a horse that your husband can ride, I think buying is a much better choice.
    The stallion has decent conformation, but nothing screams out "awesome should be bred", and not knowing what your mare looks like, I can't really say whether or not it would be worth it to breed her to him. If you aren't ever planning on showing, or breeding him to anything else, then I'd just cut him, and let him be a happy gelding. Just one more thing to keep in mind when breeding, just because you may think that its a great cross, and love whatever the foal is, doesn't mean that anyone else will, and that he/she would be useful for anyone else, and as much as I know people love to say that they'll be keeping the baby forever, life happens, and sometimes things out of our control happen, and we need to downsize our animals. So keep that in mind when you are thinking about breeding. He's a very nice looking horse, and I hope that you continue to get along with him, and like him.

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