Originally Posted by close2prfct
I worked a large ranch that had close to 100 broodmares none were handled at all unless being taken to a stud for breeding. Not a practice I am in favor of as I like any horse regardless of purpose to be accustomed to being handled.
I agree. I just don't understand why you wouldn't put that effort into the mares, but I don't breed, so I don't know, I guess.
Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Any horse can be a decent riding horse. Alot of people breed for conformation and build the rest. A few months of training will make any horse a decent riding horse. All of my mares have been ridden but some of them haven't been ridden in years and will probably never be ridden in thier lives again. I have other horses that I would rather ride but they make great babies.
Of course any horse can be a decent riding horse, but when I'm looking at foals to purchase, I want to know how the mare moves under saddle, how easy she was to train. Does she buck, bolt, or rear under saddle? It can say a lot about a weanling, I think.
My question is, WHY do the breeders have other horses they would "rather" ride? What's wrong with the broodmare that she isn't being used?