Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Tentatively considering a 2-3 year breeding plan
I've been considering starting to save up the money to breed for a future show horse in two or three years.
I want to show in the Walking Horse world and two of my three Walkers don't gait, but one of them does (double registered TWHBEA and RHBAA and is a good representation of the breed). I've been toying with the idea of breeding her in a few years. She's Midnight Mack K bred both top and bottom, so I'd like to cross her with a more 'this day and age' stallion instead of keeping to her 'older' bloodlines.
She's been used as a broodmare in her younger years and is completely kid-broke. She's proven herself in what I look for (kid-safe, a good, steady-minded trail horse, sane, sound and safe on the road, nice gaits and good conformation).
The only real faults I've been given as far as her conformation goes is her neck ties in a little low and she toes out on her fronts, but she's never passed that onto her foals. So, in a stallion, I'd definitely be looking for a nice head and neck and clean, straight legs. I also think I'd like a little more height (this mare is 14.3 hands tall) and more substance to the bone.
The only real 'negative factor' is her age. She's eighteen years old, but I have spoken with her breeder and he said that as long as I took the proper precautions with her (vet care, emergency vet funds, etc...), he see's no reason that she couldn't be bred in her early twenties. He used to, before he retired, breed his horses well into their twenties.
I believe that considering this on a two or three year plan is quite responsible, as I'm not rushing into anything here and I know exactly what I want in a future foal, so I can stallion shop for the next two or three years while saving up the money. Another reason for doing it on a three-year plan is so that I will have my truck mostly all paid off by then and won't have to worry about a truck payment. :) My main riding mare, Gypsie, should also be retired to just slow, short rides by then, so I'll have time to devote to raising another foal.
And, who knows, by the time two or three years roll around, I may very well decide to not breed and just buy a weanling or two year old to bring along... :)
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)