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post #11 of 14 Old 01-17-2011, 02:55 AM
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i thought you could guarantee color as long as the genetics were mapped out correctly. when someone is charging at stud fees for horses that are promised to throw color... then isn't that what you're paying for??

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post #12 of 14 Old 01-17-2011, 04:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Oxer View Post
i thought you could guarantee color as long as the genetics were mapped out correctly. when someone is charging at stud fees for horses that are promised to throw color... then isn't that what you're paying for??
Yes and no. There is still a heck of a lot we don't know about equine genetics. About the only thing we know for certain is that chestnut to chestnut will give you a chestnut, and cremello to chestnut will give you palomino. The rest is all chance

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post #13 of 14 Old 01-17-2011, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by ButtInTheDirt View Post
But I can't really find anything that I'd like around here, that I could afford, that would fit my life and what I'd like to do. I will keep looking, but thank you all very much for the opinions.

Remember that if you do breed that it would take nearly a year to have a foal on the ground, and it may or may not be what you want. Just because there isn't one nearby that you like right now, there may be several more that crop up in the next year if you are patient. That would also give you more time to save while you hunted too. I know that once you make a decision to get (or breed) a horse that you want it NOW, but you'd have to wait anyway, right?

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post #14 of 14 Old 01-17-2011, 10:51 AM
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I'll join those saying you need to be prepared for it all to go wrong.

The stud fee is actually one of the smallest expenses for putting a foal on the ground - if you plan to do it all "properly".

Where are you located that color is expensive? I've found paints all over North America - most going for less than $1000 these days (foals). You could buy a foal you like, from photos and video, and ship it in too - would probably still be less of a gamble than breeding. (Normally I wouldn't recommend anyone do this... but... it's certainly not a whole lot more of a "risk" than it is to breed your own foal - especially if you want color)

Yes, you can "guarentee" color - as in if you were to breed to a homozygous Tobiano - you'd always get some form of Tobiano. (an example) That said, there are a lot of different levels of expression for that gene. I have a Tobiano that ONLY has high white stockings (she's been DNA tested, so DEFINITELY Tobiano)... so even if you "get" color, you may not "see" it.

I too have a "Pintaloosa" who didn't get any spots to speak of. I was big time bummed at the time he was foaled - but he's more than made up for it with his personality. He popped out chestnut with a big blaze and 3 high stockings... and one loonie sized white spot on his belly. He's still super cute, but not at all what I was "hoping" for. LOL He's a really well built horse and tends to prove it by winning open halter classes.... so it wasn't a total loss - but I'm REALLY glad I chose parents who were well built to start with and the color was to be "icing on the cake".

What I WOULD make sure of, if you did decide to breed your mare, is that you have someone help you pick out her weak points, and then help you find a stallion who is strong in those points. By doing this you'll reduce the chances of ending up with a non-colored foal who ALSO has poor conformation.
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