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post #1 of 14 Old 10-13-2008, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Goverament job

Here the scenaro and the job. Washington has decided in its wisdom to hire you to run the first United State's Stud. Those horse will be used for the US border Partol's mounted unit, which is goes from about 500 horses to 5000.
You must choose with breed of horse to start with, with if any cross breeds to allow,
How many mares to buy and what will be the stallion ratio.
What will you do with the horse the BP doesn't take.
What training and how much with you put into each horse before he is sent to the BP
How much different locates to you feel your need


Here's some facts that fact help

#! Today the USBP uses mainly QH's
#2 Reminder they main job is to partol the southern border
#3 Mustang are comman and cheep
#4 Morgan was the first US cavalry horse,
#5 Most Warm bloods were breed for cavalry work. (true a different style but just another fact)
#6 The Brit have alwayes like TB's, while the Empire prefer Walers

I can't wait to see what you guys come up with.

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post #2 of 14 Old 10-15-2008, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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I take it noone would want to be manage of this stud program. Those were just some various fact to help you along

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post #3 of 14 Old 10-15-2008, 09:21 AM
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I would start out with approximately 5 studs.

All Confirmationally sound and:
one for sure footedness/good feet - depended on the horse
one for smooth gaits - either a TWH, RMH, or a Saddlebred
one for stamina - either an Arab or a Saddlebred
two for trainability - probably one draft and one quarterhorse

the mare ratio would be one stallion for every 50 mares. 255 horses total to start.

I would not breed in anticipation of there being a need for my horses; i would request that the BP send their requests/needs for horses. That way, I can cross breeds only when necessary or requested.

All horses would be started under saddle for 90 days, then an additional 30 days of trail riding for a total of 120 days.

For the horses that were refused, crossbreds would go to work as ranch horses or endurance horses (or what suits them); registered horses would begin training for the discipline that best suits them.

does that answer your questions?

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Yes, I thought that idea might be fun,

What type of mare would you get

Thank you, you put alot of thought into your reply. You though also thought along term, not just the short term increace that the BP would need.

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mares are really the heart of any breeding program.

all mares would need to have good conformation as well as at least one of the qualities I look for in a stallion.

Mares would be largely purebred/registered

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Which breeds? I also take it the BLM Mustangs are out.

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I hadn't thought about BLM mustangs.... you know, they sure are sure footed...

actually, then you really wouldn't need to maintain a whole herd, would you?

You could take all of the "unwanted" blm mustangs that don't get adopted, start them, and give them jobs.

Hmm...now my gears are working!

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Maybe you could uses Mustang mare on those studs to get the horse you want, but use the BLM one to handle to demand of the BP's grownth.

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This isn't answering your OP directly but since BLM mustangs are the Gov't.'s responsibility, why doesn't the Gov't. use what they are already in charge of instead of using or creating "new" horses for the job. If the mustang doesn't work out for border patrol at least it has been trained and holds a better chance of making it to a forever home. Training = wanted horses.

The Gov't. can then put the money received from the adoptions of BP mustangs that didn't make the cut, to training other BLM mustangs. Full circle and the BP and horses are both winners.

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I made up the idea of the stud farm, but I don't see why not that wouldn't work. The prison system could be used as a training ground for these horses. If those horses were big enough to do the job then breed to to tough stud that could to the job.



In real life the goverament got various stud horses and studed them out to mare owner in exchange for first chance on the foal. This was the US remount program of the 1920? to 1947. Then it went from the US War Dept to the Dept. of Ag. and later died there. There is a gret book of the remount program titled "The War Horse"

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