Bluespark my stallions are no more of a pain to care for than the other 29 horses I own. I did not say they were in pain.
Cassius was purchased as a stallion prospect.
Not a show horse. He will be shown in hand next spring and when he is 3 or 4 trained under saddle. He will only be shown regionally. I have no desire to go to Nationals or the Egyptian Event
I do not place much importance on a show record. Too many times who trained or exhibited the horse is a determining factor in the ribbon count.
Cassius has outstanding conformation and was bred to be an arabian sport horse.
Why wait until he is trained and competing in Dressage to start his breeding career? That would not be a very good business decision on my behalf.
If he doesnt measure up in the breeding shed I can cut my losses at 4-5 instead of 9 or 10. Plus there should be offspring competing and he will have proven himself the only way a stallion ultimately needs to....by throwing good colts with sound minds and great conformation.
No one has to agree with me about it. It is my money, my time and my horse.
I am 54 next Sept 1. He should be my last stallion to promote and stand.
I dont have decades to wait for results. Shalom
It is an a$$backwards approach to spend thousands on shows, time, and effort, for a dubious collection of ribbons, or lack thereof due to ring politics only to find out your stallion isn't prepotent enough to produce well. If people want to wait and see if it all works out after 6-8-10 years, well good on them, but I don't see the sense in that approach. I also will know up front IF my stallion(s) are worth dumping the time and money into.
I got the same BS about breeding Dream at 3 years old db. The usual crap about him being ruined, he'll turn into an unmanageable monster, how dare I, I won't be able to handle him, etc..ad nauseum. (Not from the Arabian breeders I know though) Some even went so far as to spread rumors that I bred him as a yearling.. Small minds can not entertain the possibility that each stallion is different and some mature earlier than other as well as the different tractability they may have. The judgmental, superior attitude is best ignored when it comes to horses. If I listened to such claptrap, Fae and Psynny, the exquisite results of MY choices, both wouldn't exist. If I listened to some idiot telling me Solei was a POS mare that would never level out and would never produce anything good, or that my stock is just mediocre, well I'd be wasting my time entertaining fools.
Solei leveled out and apparently outproduces herself, as I thought. Dream remained a calm, easily handled stallion, as I thought, and is a gentleman breeder as a 3 year old; no fuss and perfect breeding manners. He breeds on a loose line. He is more laid back than half of my mares. (And they are quiet, calm mares).
I too will breed Psynny as a 3 year old if he remains as he is mentally, and whoever has heartburn about it can go pound sand in a rat hole..
As you said.. MY money; MY time; MY horses. Apoplectic fits by others are entirely unimpressive.
It's time to stop the cookie-cutter mentality/approach and look at each horse as an individual. So far, I'm extremely happy with my program and how it is evolving, so I will continue to do what works, and works well.