I have seriously been looking for another mare to bring up and add a little height to our future babies. Dez is just barely 15hh, which is great for me, and the disciplines I like, but I want possible variety. I want to appeal to people who want to lease, buy, or breed to horses that are a bit taller. I would also like to have at least 1 leggier horse at the barn for my own competition and possible leasing purposes (that is one of the ways we keep our horses in shape and paid for).
We would be looking to bring a mare up near the end of this summer or next spring (09). In other words, not a huge hurry, I will take my time to find the right horse.
Our little hobby horse farm goal it to have a limited number of horses at any one time (6 or less, all with a job other than breeding), and produce a nice baby every year or every other year (each of 2 mares would have at least a full year without being bred). Babies produced would end up being either 1. A sale prospect or 2. A barn addition as a nice lesson/lease horse in addition to a personal/family show/competition horse. One final goal would be for one of the foals over the next 10 years to become a replacement for, and improvement of Dez as the farm stallion. Dez would then be able to enjoy his time competing as a gelding.
That all being said, I like paint/quarter horses a lot, so that is what I am looking at for our farm. We have a nice 15hh qh mare. Now I am looking for a bigger paint mare to join the family.
*Prefer around 16hh (I don't like when people guess the height, and estimate way taller than the horse actually is. If they say 16hh, it should be a true 16hh. Let me know if there are red flags in this area)
*between 3-10 yrs old
*show record or Sire/Dam with show record/excellent prospect ok
*I like a nice big hip, nice neck, nice face
*good bloodlines are helpful
*I am not opposed to appendix or foundation bred
*bloodlines with known diseases that have not been tested for are red flags
*able to be competitive in variety of disciplines (WP, HUS, OF, etc.)
*not a big fan of blue eyes, but not a deal breaker
*prefer not to ship from east of mid-west unless horse is to die for
*prefer about $6,500 or less
SO....here are some mares I found on equine.com and dreamhorse.com under general criteria.
I would appreciate input from anyone to help me reduce this list. If I can get the list down to a manageable handful, I could request additional photos and info about the mares. Please, let me know about anything you guys think would be a deal breaker for one of the following mares.
#2 - http://www.equine.com/horses/ad_details.aspx?lid=544697
#3 - http://www.equine.com/horses/ad_details.aspx?lid=548233
#4 - http://www.equine.com/horses/ad_details.aspx?lid=566020
#5 - http://www.equine.com/horses/ad_details.aspx?lid=577001
#6 - http://www.equine.com/horses/ad_details.aspx?lid=586693
#7 - http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1170057
#8 - http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1177290
#9 - http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1142112
#10 - http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1170992
#11 - http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1058847
#12 - http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1136310
#13 - http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1159081
#14 - http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1139911
#15 - http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1152887
#16 - http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1138988
#17 - (I know this one is higher than my max price, but they do sound negotiable) http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1165227