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post #1 of 21 Old 07-07-2014, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Stallion recommendations

At this point I'm speaking in a hypothetical sense as I don't know what I want to do yet or if it would even be a good idea.

I have a beautiful standardbred mare. She is a trotter, built more like a tb and has a beautiful way about her. She is quiet, level headed and has a work ethic unlike any horse I've met. She has a beautiful floating trot and level balanced canter. After only 5 rides she stands quiet to be mounted and I took her on her first trail ride where she lead the way going through ditches full of water, walks over fallen trees and goes anywhere you point her. She trots quietly under saddle, doesn't even try to pace. And she is starting to work "on the bit" at the walk. Have I mentioned an 11 year old girl is riding her? Granted the kid is talented and an excellent rider but still.

I want to get her out showing and see how she does and if she proves herself in the show ring I think I'd like to breed her. However I'd want to breed to a sport horse or tb.

Would you breed her? Putting prejudice against standies aside. If so who would you recommend for a stud? I would like to be able to register the foal as a sport horse. Again this is only a thought right now and pretty much hypothetical.
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I should also add I'd be looking for an eventer out of the foal.
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Looking at the mares pictures alone, no, I would not breed her.
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I really need to take better pictures of her. These ones are horrible. I have no internet right now so I was grabbing what is on my phone lol
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Better pictures would help - full body, untacked and not from a side angle. As well as straight on pictures of the front and hind legs.

From what I see in these though, I wouldn't necessarily qualify her breeding quality. She's not a train wreck by any means though. She looks like she might be a touch sickle hocked, kinda shark fin withers and a big blocky head. (I personally don't mind big heads, but in general people tend to want to avoid them for the most part.) And her rump just looks a bit weird. Not enough hip? Can't quite put my finger on it.
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I'm going to set her up for better pictures tomorrow. She is nice and flat in the back. Her withers are not at all how they look in these brutal side on pictures haha.

The blocky head is a standardbred trait. Hence their nick name "jug heads" I personally love the jug heads.

I can see what you are seeing in these pictures and why you see what you see. Which is my fault for posting side angle pictures with tack on with her head in the air
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Here we go again
I've seen some rather beautiful and talented Standie-Arab crosses.
I'd take one that's already proven as sport horse( we do have a member,HGEsquire, with a proven and licensed stallion of the same name)
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Haha I don't want to have one of those "again" threads. Like I said its only something I'm playing with. I'm not stupid enough to believe my mare is perfect and I know she's not the ideal candidate given being a standardbred, which is why I would want her to prove herself at rated shows before this thought being more then a passing thought.

My dreams of breeding my older made were shattered after life throwing some things at me and I decided I really didn't like the risk with her being 21. It would have been great but the risk wasn't worth it to me.

Breeding is not something I take lightly. And I'm not going to breed unless the foal is going to have the potential to be more then a pasture ornament. There are enough of those out there.
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I meant that" again" rather as " here is me again giving suggestions"
I meant to ask about your other mare anyway, since I haven't seen you around here much lately.

But look into the stallion I mentioned, he seems to produce well.
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I will have a look at him for sure. I'm not an Arab fan but I'll entertain the idea if it would make a good cross.

I am still head over heels in love with trekehners. But I'm thinking that wouldn't be the best cross for a standie.

What about Simba Twist?

If this did happen it wouldn't be for two or three years at least. So who knows what talent will be out there then.

I really wish I could have bred my old girl. But some recent breeding horror stories scared me away from the risk with her being 21, which would mean she is 22 when she foals. She is enjoying life in semi retirement and is taking my 11 year old student in her first over fences show doing cross tails in a couple weeks. A much better life for a 21 year old mare. She's earned her easy life. I'm trying to buy her last foal. She's 5 now and a beautiful mare doing well in local shows.
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