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post #11 of 17 Old 05-23-2013, 10:54 PM
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yet insists on continuing to breed ? Personally Id tell him to take his horses and shove em where the sun don't shine.
Danged if id help the sorry individual. All you are doing is enabling.
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-24-2013, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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yet insists on continuing to breed ? Personally Id tell him to take his horses and shove em where the sun don't shine.
Danged if id help the sorry individual. All you are doing is enabling.
Actually, hes starting to figure out that breeding ever mare in the world to his stud isnt a very good game plan. Hes down to 5 horse mares and the two ponies. All left are fairly nice crosses with this stallion. (Every year 2-3 mares are left open) This is overall a major improvement from previous years where he was putting 10 foals on the ground.

The problem with the care is around here is it's perfectly acceptable. Even the most respectable breeders tend to let their horses sit until two and only visited by a vet at gelding time. This man is an old style horse breeder and hes very set in his ways. The biggest problem now is he sells all his worst horses and holds onto the best. Hes waiting to get their worth, but without at least one of his horses out there showing and proving itself and the stud, nobody wants to pay 1500 (there are a few worth that much, but nobody knows about them. They only see the lesser quality ones he bred in years past)
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-24-2013, 04:43 PM
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There is also EBay Classifieds, which I believe is all over the US. It is not Ebay, but Ebay classified. Used to be Kijiji.
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-24-2013, 04:57 PM
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First, I wish you well in this enterprise. I don't know your age, but if you're in your 20's, this would be a great way for you to learn the trade, then do it right later on your own after you've worked out the bugs. I know a guy who showed in his teens at a show barn, and started training hunters for others at that same barn. This could be a good opportunity.
Many people who later start a business work for somebody who doesn't run their business well. Very much the same, here.
One more thing--if you do this, VENT here, zip your mouth there.

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post #15 of 17 Old 05-27-2013, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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First, I wish you well in this enterprise. I don't know your age, but if you're in your 20's, this would be a great way for you to learn the trade, then do it right later on your own after you've worked out the bugs. I know a guy who showed in his teens at a show barn, and started training hunters for others at that same barn. This could be a good opportunity.
Many people who later start a business work for somebody who doesn't run their business well. Very much the same, here.
One more thing--if you do this, VENT here, zip your mouth there.
I'm 17, but it's still good for the experience! I'm kind of excited to get started. It'll look good if I can say I did some marketing as well (I've done a year exchange abroad and various clubs in America), but I'm also not out to lose anything if this doesn't work out. I think I can learn a lot from it (which is why I offered).
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post #16 of 17 Old 08-08-2013, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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I posted this thread a while ago, but I just got out into the big pasture to see some of the foals from this year. I really just went out to see what the foals are like and some personality ideas, but I did get a few not so great cell phone pictures. I thought I'd post them and let you guys see. This year, there's 7 foals on the ground. 6 fillies and 1 colt. The one filly is looking quite downhill, but I think that's due to being a baby as neither mom or dad are downhill- both are pretty level.


^ This is the only stud colt.

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post #17 of 17 Old 08-21-2013, 10:58 AM
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Be aware that Sites such as facebook, YouTube, etc are "blocked" by people who might browse websites from work.

Also - FYI - babies usually grow butt high - and don't level out or get wither high until they are done growing.

99% of people do NOT want stud colts - they want geldings. Geldings are more marketable than stallions and fillies.

Most people want horses (including babies) with basic skills like leading, tieing, standing still for farrier/vet, and bathing. Clipping is a nicety - when I sell babies they alwys leda well, tie well, have no farrier issues (they are resolved before I sell them), stand quietly for bathing and clipping - including ears.

As yearlings they stand quietly for blanketing/ saddle pad. I can place a saddle on their back and bridle (with bit) on their heads and lunge them (lightly - no more than 15 minutes max) left and right at walk, trot and canter. They can also load quietly into horse trailers.

If I have time they have been ponied in a pasture (and better yet on trails).

So training horses for the above basic skills will give these animals a "leg up" in the horse selling market. I.e. If you could buy 2 yearlings and one has these skills and the other does not many people will pay a bit more for the "trained" horse (which as babies you would only work with them for SHORT periods of time - say 15 minutes a day).

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