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post #11 of 16 Old 03-22-2019, 12:00 PM
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There are definitely some nice broodmare out there free. I gave two away. I can’t afford a non working horse for too long, but the two mares were super easy to swap. I said simply on one, “You can have the mare and I get the first colt.” The other was only a gift because I had a truckload of horses for a man who’s brother bred cutting horses.

That said, each mare was proven in a show pen and very well bred. Sadly, the one ended up being sterile from a bad bout with pigeon fever and I believe they put her down. The second she ended up showing and roping on her and sold her for a pretty penny, and she never was bred. I was irritated because I could have turned her, hiding her lameness, but I wanted her to have a cush life and stay sound for as long as possible, and I don’t roll that way anyways.

I realise though when you sell or give away a horse you are no longer the person making decisions.

I only say all that because if your name is out there as someone looking for a broodmare you probably could come up with a nice one with someone looking to just give them away or make a trade on a foal.

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post #12 of 16 Old 03-22-2019, 01:51 PM
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Two big red flags on that mare needs a firm hand and stubborn, sounds like all that's been done with her is lead kids around on her...bet she's a knot head to deal with under saddle. I'd pass on her she's not broodmare quality period. Like the saying goes the apple doesn't fall far from the tree....stallion can only influence so much on how foal will be temperament and conformation wise. She's not great has color, nothing breeding wise that's remarkable. I'd want proven performance records on both sire & dam side.
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I'm no expert with bloodlines, but I don't really like her neck.
If she's 'stubborn' that could mean MANY things...it could easily be something small, but then at the same time, it means she could be a handful. I'd pass on this one...something better shall come along!
It's OK to still go look at her, but I probably wouldn't come home with her.
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post #14 of 16 Old 03-22-2019, 03:47 PM
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I will second what others have said. And just curious as to what your breeding goals are? I know you had mentioned maybe doing a little breeding - I suggest start with AJ and see how it goes selling the foal for what you thing its worth. We had a daughter of Concluded many years ago. Got her for a song because she had an eye injury. Used her as a trail horse and bred her twice. Paid $500 stud fee for the first foal (this was in 1993) and got a great colt out of her and a Palomino to boot - then I got pregnant unexpectedly and we decided to sell the foal. we sold him to a show home for $700 dollars (that was pretty good in 1994 - but I lost money on the deal.

We bred her again to an Appaloosa and got the prettiest colt out of her - color to spare and great conformation - he died of a brain aneurysm at 12. She had died of the same thing at 19. Come to find out some Impressive lines were known for this. (or so I was told)

Just my 2 cents that go into breeding slow and with your eyes wide open. It really is not that profitable of a business especially if the off spring have nothing to set them apart.
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I did decide to pass on her, for all the reasons here and from advice from some others. On the advice of DreamCatcher, I'm going to keep it to just AJ for now, see what happens with her foal, and go from there... and invest in a better class of mare. That gives me plenty of time to save up and have the cash available once I get serious.

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Originally Posted by AtokaGhosthorse View Post
I did decide to pass on her, for all the reasons here and from advice from some others. On the advice of DreamCatcher, I'm going to keep it to just AJ for now, see what happens with her foal, and go from there... and invest in a better class of mare. That gives me plenty of time to save up and have the cash available once I get serious.

I think that's a wise choice. AJ is a nice mare. There are other nice mares out there, whether you buy as a broodmare or buy a youngster and let them grow up. Quality mares are the key to successful breeding program, and even then, you usually spend more than you make!

A woman I know just sold a world show-level Appaloosa coming two-year-old for $1300... this filly has a show record in halter futurities and national shows, is built really well, nice personality, fabulous breeding, great color, and should be a good all-around halter and saddle horse and future broodmare. For $1300, they paid the stud fee, fed and cared for her for 2 years, and sold her to another show home. The market isn't great for young stock right now.
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