Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
FNB said it exactly. Breeding a mustang is a crap shoot at best. Because there is no set standard for look and conformation, there is so many different looks, builds, and abilities. A mustang simply won't breed true. Plus, there are many of them that have the genes for some really wonky conformation hiding in there that may pop up on the foal with no warning. Even a nice looking mare can throw a foal that looks like a drawing a 4 year old did of a giraffe.
And with so many already needing homes, I don't understand why anyone would consider producing more of their own when they could simply go and get their choice of color, conformation, and temperament for $125. To breed one, not only would there be a stud fee, but the medical checks for the mare, genetic testing to ensure she's not carrying a disease or have the potential for a lethal white foal, but all the prenatal care too. All that, and the chance of losing a beloved mare for a foal that may or may not be what you want.
Don't get me wrong, I love the breed. I want another and if I had the money/space right now, I'd be getting that little buckskin filly, but when the time comes, I'll be saving the life of one already on the ground, not creating another life that may not be what I want...may not even be healthy or sound enough for riding. A life that, to the rest of the world, isn't worth the poop it leaves laying.
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Last edited by smrobs; 02-02-2013 at 09:10 PM.