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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
We have one miniature horse stallion, Montigo Bay, who we used to stand at stud but who is now only used occasionally for private breedings since he's getting up in his years. Two time AMHA World Halter champion stallion as a two and three year old were his biggest accomplishments, and he had very nice, refined conformation so we decided to keep him as a stallion. He threw nice foals that had a good presence in the ring, so we felt like he proved himself.
We also had a foundation QH stallion for a while. Nice, solid boned boy with a good work ethic. He was shown, racked up quite a few points in competitive trail and ranch classes, cutting, sorting, etc...did well on the rodeo circuit too. We bred him to a few mares as a 7 and 8 year old to see if his abilities were passed on, waited, and found that he really just didn't pass on his quality. Its also, of course, much easier to show a gelding than a stallion, so in his early teens we gelded him and used him for ranch work as well as continued showing him. We eventually sold him on and he's in his later teens now if I remember right, doing quite well with his college aged owner, riding for the Texas Tech rodeo team. I think he's much happier as gelding, and if he didn't pass his athleticism, there wasn't a reason to keep him pent up on his own. One of his colts, who we still own, ended up doing fairly well in the local circuit, but not much more, so I have no doubt that we did what was best by him.
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