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MyLittlePonies 06-06-2012 12:04 AM

AQHA Western Pleasure Stallion
What are your opinions on the top western pleasure stallion, INVITATION ONLY? He's pretty famous and well saught after is all I know. I've never met any of his foals in person and I had someone say to watch for their hocks when in training?
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Dreamcatcher Arabians 06-06-2012 12:12 AM

I don't know anything about that stallion but......Take anything anyone says with a grain of salt if you're considering breeding a mare to him. Especially if they own a stallion themselves. When I was learning about Arabian stallions I wanted to breed to Afire Bey V and someone told me he had horrible legs and not to do it. Since they'd been breeding Arabians a lot longer than I had, I listened. His stud fee was $1500 then. Today it's now $7500 and he's the leading sire of winning English Pleasure horses in ring today........DOH do I ever wish I hadn't listened!

MyLittlePonies 06-06-2012 12:43 AM

Its kind of hard not to take someone elses opinion into concideration when you have no idea what to do. I suppose taking risks is how we all learn right? (Well, some if not most of us.) :) I only drool over a few of his sons :)
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SunnyDraco 06-06-2012 01:07 AM

Sometimes you might hear something negative about a particularly popular stallion that would deter you from breeding. Like having watch their hocks in training, and maybe he has some foals out there with poor hocks. But the stallion only provides 50% of the genetics but usually take 90% of the credit for the resulting foal (whether it is good or bad, blame and credit are mostly placed on the sire's name - which is why so many stallion owners are picky about the mares they breed, they want the best possible name for their stud). Study the stallion, his accomplishments, what his lines have done and what his foals are doing.

MyLittlePonies 06-06-2012 01:53 AM

I'll have to keep that in mind. One thing that bugs me is the mare has much to do with the foals's temperment and I don't quite got a way to see the stallion to see for myself where the temperment comes from. So far I've seen much success with his foals in the qh journal. I've met maybe one grandson and a great grandson that we got to pet and talk to his owner at a show. I was really impressed with the great grandson as I watching him preform and win. I almost bred to him, but at that time it wasn't possible. Really nice people and I fell in love. He was a Willy Be Invited son. Very nice horse. The grandson was a nice mover but he threw a fit in the arena trying to exit the arena before the guy was ready. He placed in a few classes.
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farmpony84 06-06-2012 08:49 AM

I've seen a lot of his foals in action and they seem to do fairly well. I like his look, it's a little bit older style and very western typey.

As for the comment on the hocks, I'd agree with it but only if you changed it to say somehting more like "When training a horse for western pleasure, pay attention to the hocks" because the work is hard and sometimes it takes a toll on the hocks, no matter the breeding....

Dreamcatcher Arabians 06-06-2012 09:25 AM


MyLittlePonies 06-06-2012 11:32 AM

They weren't specific on what kind of training. Just said to watch out for their hocks. Thanks for the replies!
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oh vair oh 06-06-2012 01:47 PM

Invitation Only is a hot horse for the WP arena. Throws great movers and many good stallions. A++ horse in my mind, temperament or not. WP trainers who are buying the big bucks IO horses don't care about temperament.

MyLittlePonies 06-06-2012 04:18 PM

I've really liked his ads, but I prefer a horse with a good temperment before anything else.
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