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Ladywantsahorse 02-13-2010 09:13 AM

Breeding possibilities?
I've been reading some of the posts here with interest, and it's got me wondering about Shyanne's possibilities.
I'd love to eventually breed her but I don't want to just randomly breed her to anything.

She's not registered, but she's Arab/Paint. (her pics are in my barn)
I have an offer to have her bred by a black Registered Friesian Sport horse stallion, but I would like to know what ideas you guys might have for me.
What do you think?

I don't know much about Shy's Sire and Dam, but am trying to gather more information.

Spyder 02-13-2010 09:26 AM

You are going to get many replies you will not like.

But to TRY to make this positive. So just what are you intending for the baby. You just don't bred to produce one unregistered mare to an "offered" stallion that is unlikely to be a good cross in the beginning let alone to produce just what for what purpose?

Mercedes 02-13-2010 11:26 AM

Yes, first you need to know what your goals, motivations, and intentions are for the offspring.

Second, you need to be very honest about the horse in front of you. What ARE her strengths, but more importantly what ARE her weakness, why are they weaknesses, and is it conceivable to breed them out. If you have no intent to breed them out, then you have no intent on improving the outcome, you therefore have no business doing it, imo. While your circumstances may be solid now, anything can happen down the road and so you must try and ensure the resultant foal will be what's sometimes referred to as a 'good citizen', as well as 'useful' for others.

Third, adding yet a third breed to the mix is generally a mistake, particularly when you've already got a crossbred of two types, and are now adding a third type to the mix. It'd be different if the mare was a cross of the same type of horse, but she's not. Therefore, your best genetic odds lay with breeding her to an Arabian or a Paint, not a Fresien.

kitten_Val 02-13-2010 11:31 AM

I think your mare is very cute and I love her coat, but no offense, but I'm not positive that Arab/Paint/Friesian mix is such a great idea conformation-wise. Just curious why you want to breed her? And why to Friesian?

Ladywantsahorse 02-13-2010 04:26 PM

Good points all.
I just wondered about the genetics of it.

Ladywantsahorse 02-13-2010 04:44 PM

I'm learning that many of you here are very serious breeders. Just wondering what led you to that choice. Was it a love of a certain breed? A particular sport? An experience you had?
For those of you who weren't born on a breeding farm, what took you down that path?

kassierae 02-13-2010 06:45 PM

I don't currently breed, but I intend to down the line in my life. I'm putting all my savings into a well bred, well conformed appaloosa stallion prospect. My reasoning? Because I want to be able to produce some of the best appaloosa's possible. Not for the money, not for the fame. I see so many people just breeding because 'ohhh my horse is pretty I need to breed it' or 'shes got a gret temperament, so shell be an awesome broodmare' uhm, no. There are wayy too many crappy horses out there. I want to better the breed, as best as I can. I may even just get a few broodies instead of a stallion, but my intentions are to cross the best examples of the breed that I can possibly find.

Spyder 02-13-2010 06:52 PM


Originally Posted by Ladywantsahorse (Post 551433)
She's not registered, but she's Arab/Paint. (her pics are in my barn)
I have an offer to have her bred by a black Registered Friesian Sport horse stallion, but I would like to know what ideas you guys might have for me.
What do you think?

Where in Ontario are you? Just not sure of that many quality Friesiens in this area.

FGRanch 02-13-2010 07:06 PM

I bred horses in the past and will be breeding them again soon.

I didn't go up on a breeding farm.

The reason I choose to breed in the first place was probably selfish, I had a real nice stallion and some mediocre mares. I figured "Why not?" I had good success considering my mares were not top quality and sold all the foals to good homes where they all still are today (I didn't breed on a large scale and still keep in contact with all the owner of my past foals)

The reason I'm choosing to breed now? Probably selfish still :lol: I love quarter horses, love the breeding/managment aspect of horse ownership and love reining. I'm really not sure that competing in reining is the thing for me so I've decided to breed TOP quality reiners instead. I will still give competition a chance, but I'm not sure I will enjoy near as much as I will like running a small scale breeding farm.

Indyhorse 02-13-2010 07:20 PM

Just to clarify, you mentioned your potential stallion was a Friesian Sporthorse - so I'm assuming he's a crossbreed as well?

I have nothing against crossbreeds, personally, I don't own a single "purebred" horse. However, I flatly believe breeding should be left to the professionals. My rescue mare came to me already bred and is coming due soon, and frankly I can't see how anyone would WANT this kind of stress *lol*. She's a great mare but she simply has nothing going for her to make her worth breeding - yet at the same time she's been a broodmare her whole life and just had one foal after the other for ten years. For the same reasons, people that think she's a "nice" mare consider that good enough, but it isn't a reason to breed a horse when there are a million "nice" horses out there, many of which are desperately in need of a good home.

If you want another horse, buy one. It will be cheaper than breeding in the long run. Don't put your mare (and yourself) through the stress and potential risk.

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