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Liv 05-16-2009 08:57 PM

When the bloodlines are TOO good (TWH)
I bought a mare in January, and I am so incredibly lucky to have her. She is one of the last breeding daughters of Ebony Masterpiece, a granddaughter of Rodger's Perfection, and a great granddaughter of My Midnight Traveler with Last Chance in her too. Full pedigree here. Her colour is extremely unusual to top it off, being a spotted sorrel sabino closer to a strawberry roan with a flaxen mane and tail. Her personality is perfect, and her gait is awesome.

The problem? I cannot find a stud I like that I'm not breeding down to. I have found a few I'm considering (Gen's Armed and Dangerous, JFK & sons) but none I've truly liked. I'm one of those that takes great pains breeding, and with her already being 21, time is precious. I'm not breeding to Ritz, I just don't like him. I've found other older bred horses, but most of them are sparingly bred and unproven in or out of the show ring with lackluster personalities.

With her unbelievable way of going, I'll probably end up showing her foals english and western pleasure, or if they end up with her more precise movements, I may take them gaited dressage. I don't pad my horses, everyone is barefoot, so please take that into consideration. None of her foals have ever been shown, but none of them have been below show quality.

What do you suggest? Or who? I live in Georgia, hour north of Atlanta and three hours south of Shelbyville. I'm pretty sure I've looked at every TWH stallion that's not way out west, so I will probably know a good many of them.

Thanks so much!

Whipple 05-16-2009 09:22 PM

It might be a good idea to cross post this in gaited breeds. You might get a few more resonses there.

Liv 05-16-2009 10:42 PM

Thanks! I was on my way to do it when the mare in question figured out how to open the gate (again) and I had to go get her. Lol, never a dull moment.

Whipple 05-16-2009 10:57 PM

Haha! She is gorgeous though. Good luck finding a stud, although I am no help. Sorry.

southerncowgirl93 05-17-2009 10:45 PM

she is beautiful. and she has really good bloodlines. I don't have any suggestions. if you do breed her to armed and dangerous be careful. some of those horses have bad temperaments.

kickshaw 05-20-2009 03:08 PM

Leon Richardson and James Spriggs usually stand a couple of nice studs.

I understand what you are talking about as far as lineage goes, but sometimes it really doesn't make a difference. If it were me, I would look for a stud that posesses all of the qualities you want in your foal, a stud whose strongpoints will help your mare's weakpoints, and worry about bloodlines last ;-)

twogeldings 05-21-2009 07:00 PM

Have you checked out the studs at Walkers West? Tennessee Walking Horse - Walkers West - Stallion Information

There located in Santa Fe, New Mexico but are moving to Texas if I'm not mistaken. Their site is rather confusing to navigate but they seem to have nice studs >.<

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