Originally Posted by dbarabians
Muppetgirl you always run the risk of passing on faults with any stallion. Especially an unproven one whether at 2 or 5 or 10.
None of the people I know that breed at 2 do so on a large scale.
As posted Cassius will cover 3 mares only for the first few years. Not 30.
Then lets not forget the mares in the equation. They have as much to say about what the foal inherits as the sire. He will cover proven broodmares for his own safety and because I know what they throw.
Plus Cassius is in a 10 acre pasture bucking kicking running just being a horse without being confined. He hasnt since the day he was born. Before I picked him up he was running with his dam in a herd of 12 horses on 30 acres. If there were faults that were not visible physically we would have seen them by now. If not he could be ridden for years before they show up.
I will never break a horse to saddle before it is 3 or 4 if it is still developing.
You make a good point though about the greater risk of breeding a young stallion. What you posted is true. The young horse doing the breeding is not in danger it is the foal produced from the cross that is at risk. Something for the OP and I to consider. Shalom
Nothing is ever a guarantee. Recently, there was a filly born to an extremely exotic well known, well shown and marketed stallion by an equally exotic, beautiful mare after the owner spent over 20K trying to get her in foal. The filly is a massive disappointment as she is overly plain- headed and has absolutely no resemblance to her parents. The owners of said stallion spent huge amounts of money purchasing him, showing him, and now- they are finding he is a horrible producer. A foal is at risk with parents of any age, unless the parents have get that can be analyzed.
I can rest easy now while Dream is in training as I know he can produce. I'm relieved I won't have to face what the owners of said stallion did.
The best we can do is make informed decisions about our choices and be prepared to care for the foals in any circumstance.