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reining girl 09-21-2010 07:36 PM

would you ever....
Trade a fully broke horse for a foal? But with the foal, you also get $1000 towards training in the future. This is just a hypothetical question, im just curious as to what others would do.

My Beau 09-21-2010 07:58 PM

That's a question that depends on many variables. A major one being suitability.

I would definitely trade a fully broke horse that's not suitable for my discipline for a foal with much more potential to excel in my discipline, due to bloodlines.

I would not trade a fully broke horse for just a foal of unknown breeding though.

And when I say bloodlines, I want something that is almost sure to succeed based on those alone since you won't really know what you have til the foal is older. For example with dressage horses, I would want Sandro Hit, Rosenthal, Stedinger, Quaterback, etc. close up and or some Donnerhall, Donnerwetter, Landgraf or even Ladykiller further back. Those are just some names to me that say "dressage horse".

Spastic_Dove 09-21-2010 08:02 PM

it depends. But in general I would not do it. I would rather just sell my broke horse for a broke horse. With a broke horse, you know what you are getting. 1000$ wont even get me 2 months of training. Besides, I don't have the time or patience to take a foal from unbroke to finished right now.

reining girl 09-21-2010 08:09 PM

two very good points.

Plains Drifter 09-21-2010 08:11 PM

It honestly would depend on the broke horse I had and the foal I was being offered.

PaintHorseMares 09-21-2010 08:21 PM

When you reach my age (55+) and have talked to enough folks that have been thrown one too many times, you understand that the do anything, go anywhere, seasoned and finished lead mare you've come to take for granted is worth her weight in gold, and I wouldn't trade her for anything in the world. Besides, we've got three mares and can have all the foals we want ;-)

smrobs 09-21-2010 09:17 PM

I agree that for me, it would depend on the horse and the foal. I wouldn't trade Dobe for a winning lottery ticket, let alone a foal. However, I do have some horses that I would trade for a decent foal (only because I have the space to turn him out and let him grow). If I had to board him somewhere or had limited space, I would keep my old broke monster that I could ride. The $1000 would be a bit of a null point for me LOL.

reining girl 09-21-2010 09:54 PM

i see i see.

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