I am going to breed my 6 year old friesian mare & this is a stallion I really have my eye on, he has several qualities that I'm looking for such as heigth & good hair, among other things. I would really appreciate any opionions either good or bad on the stallion. So please no opinions on "to breed or not to breed," thank you for your time!
FRIESIAN STALLION - AT Stud - Great opportunity to get a wonderful Friesian Foal | Equine.com
GOOD HAIR!!! yes. he really does have good hair. i wasn't aware that people were breeding horses for good hair! I have never heard of that. :)
I do not trust that ad one little bit. No pictures of him showing, and he's deceased. From what? It could very well be genetic.
I would not be breeding to stallions you have found on a general horse classifieds website without having extensive information on the bloodlines and progeny at the very least.
Also keep in mind - because the stallion is deceased you will be very unlikely to get a LFG, so if the straw does not take, you will be very out of pocket after all the vet bills on top of the service fee. The semen is also now quite old, and even though frozen, the viability of the sperm will be dropping significantly the longer it remains frozen, making it difficult to get anything but an absolutely exceptional broodmare in foal. If you mare is a maiden, I wouldn't bother.
Also, what are you looking for in a foal? Do you want a classic, cart horse type friesian for show, or are would you like more of a sport horse type that you can compete on successfully under saddle. Friesians differ enormously in type, and the cart horse types do not do very well under saddle as they are not built for the work, where as the sport horse types will not do so well at the bigger breed shows.
I have to say I agree with the above... What did he die from at only 15-16?? That is SO young, my horse is that age right now and 100% healthy. Could be a paddock accident but it also could be some kind of genetic disease.
Lovely horse though... I don't know, $400 seems awful low for a Friesian's stud fee. There's one in my area that's not quite as nice and HIS fee is $2200.
This stallion looks gorgeous... he does have great hair and conformation, but he looks a little high-strug to me. In all of the pictures, he looks very, very alert-although well behaved, but that's hard to tell from pictures- but again, I wouldn't trust his temperament. Maybe if you called and asked for a video or two to be sent to you, that would be really helpful. You could then assess his movement and temperament as well. I'm not too sure about the ad either, though... $400 is a VERY inexpensive stud fee, and if he is deceased and as fantastic a stallion as he is portrayed to be, it should be much more expensive. You never know, though! :wink:
Sorry, I kinda rambled on... hope that helped, though!
I would think that for $400 there is something wrong or it is a scam.
All of the above are good reasons to look closer at this ad.
However I would like to point out that of all genders, stallions are prone to early demises.
Oops didn't look at the fee!
Yes, as others have said, $400 certainly seems a case of 'too good to be true'.
Over here, for frozen semen from a WB stallion you're looking at well over $3000. The fresh semen for friesians in Aus are also generally over $1000, and that's quite low as they're not hugely popular horses over here.
I would not breed to him simply because he is not approved. Assuming your mare is FHANA/FPS registered, why breed down? You could register the foal in the B book but the resulting foal will be worth 1/2 what an A foal would.
Friesians also historically have very poor frozen sperm counts and conception rates are some of the lowest. There's something fishy about someone dumping straws of semen.
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