Originally Posted by dbarabians
Agree also Druydess that different breeds have different goals.
I know several QH and Paint breeders that test their stallions virility as soon as possible.
If one of the things I insist on when choosing a stallion is seeing the siblings and any offspring then it only makes sense to breed that animal if it is not in training.
That way when the horse is retired to the breeding shed full time there are examples of what it can do. Why wait several more years promoting a stallion when there is so much competition from proven stallions with progeny already on the ground , showing or in competition?
I don't breed racehorses yet. Arabians cannot race until they are a true 3 years of age. So what harm does it do to collect or breed a 2 YO?
From what I have observed in the past and talking to others NONE. Shalom
I think it's somewhat ironic that TB's are raced at 2, nowhere near mature, snapping bones, and ruined for life due to early stress on their joints and bones, and it's just fine..
But breed a horse, especially one that's younger, and OMG-- those panties bunch up a wad the size of Kansas.
Wadded panties notwithstanding, whatever decisions breeders make with regard to THEIR horses depends entirely on the horse. Each one has to be assessed individually.