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post #11 of 18 Old 11-08-2013, 12:31 PM
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OP, I'll say that I really don't much care for "Cruz", especially as a match for your mare. She's already got a relatively long back, so you'll want a stud with a pretty short back so that you're not compounding the problem and making it worse in the potential foal.

Cruz has got a long back...and his entire hind end is wonky looking. Steep croup, pretty severe sickle hocks, and his shoulder is quite a bit more upright than what I would want in a stud. He's also pretty badly downhill.
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post #12 of 18 Old 11-08-2013, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, I have no idea what is normal for a quarter horse as the grand total of the population of quarter horses in shetland is 0.
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post #13 of 18 Old 11-08-2013, 05:26 PM
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I'm no conformation expert at all, but most quarter horses are downhill. Im not used to seeing ones that aren't lol He seems ok to me, not what I would breed to any of my mares honestly, but i do competition, so that would be important to me. Most reining bred horses are sickle hocked, its just how they are built. He seems to be a nice stallion and quite versatile.
Now the big question is, besides the exported semen, if they will breed to a grade mare. I went and looked at your mare (she's bloody adorable btw) and most registered studs, particularly ones with competition points and money earned, will only breed to other registered mares. In the AQHA breeding world, most will only do other registered quarter horses, but you find a lot supporting the Jockey Club (Thoroughbred), APHA and ApHC, it depends on the owners market they want for their stallion. It sucks sometimes, but they're picky about who their stud breeds to in order to gain more prestige for their stud, but as a breeder, I also understand that now. I've run into a lot of nice people that would breed to grade mares (I bred my arab cross in high school to an amazing racing quarter stallion), but it may depend on many factors. No harm in asking, but be prepared just in case. I would send an email asking on their breeding requirements, and see if its something they would consider. Good luck!
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post #14 of 18 Old 11-08-2013, 08:27 PM
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IMO your mare and this stallion share quite a few of the same faults - longer back, weak loin, fairly upright shoulder, low neck tie in. Your mare is slightly post legged behind it appears, and he is sickle hocked, so you could end up with a foal with both of these traits.

I would be looking for a stallion that has a short and strong back and loin, excellent shoulder and good hind end. I just don't see this as a great combo personally.
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post #15 of 18 Old 11-08-2013, 10:32 PM
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I've thought about breeding to this guy. He's fairly close to me and I've run into that barn at a lot of shows. He has tons of trail points. I've seen her do horsemanship and the western riding classes as well. She always gets stalls that are near the back of the rows away from everyone else but I'm guessing that's because he's a stallion. He's very quiet and I have never seen him act up. I really like his personality. He's more of a ranch horse type of body but seems like a really good guy.

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post #16 of 18 Old 12-19-2013, 08:03 AM
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i personally wouldn't breed to that stallion he looks like he has narrow in the chest and down hill ,but he does have a nice hindquarter on him but having said that he appears to be sickeld hocked.
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post #17 of 18 Old 01-04-2014, 03:22 AM
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What about more of a working bred/speed bred quarter horse? Shorter back bigger hip...something like Barrel Horse World
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post #18 of 18 Old 01-05-2014, 11:39 AM
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ooh he's not bad!

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