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post #1 of 16 Old 06-15-2020, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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Picking a stallion

Right now this is strictly a hypothetical. But which of these stallions do you like the best?
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#1) is a Morgan named BDM Border Ryder- cremello
#2) Redbuds Blue Moon (Connemara)- black
#3) Fiontar Mac Tire (Connemara)-cremello
#4) Sparrows Zeus (Connemara)- smoky black
#5) Majestic Dakota (sport pony)- pinto
#6) Doubly Bubbly- Friesian/saddlebred/pony - Champange



#7) Milky way (cremello)

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Where are the pictures of the mare and her paperwork to see her strength and weaknesses?
Only once the mares information is known, with her pictures would a attempt to find a suitable stud start.
You need complimentary to her and although each of those horses is nice as they stand, combines with what your mare brings to the breeding shed can have a huge difference in outcome.
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-15-2020, 07:01 AM
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Since you like so many, I'd start by ruling some out. The 1st Morgan has a right front hoof that is quite a bit taller than the right one. Since club hooves can be genetic, I'd avoid that one unless you could see photos of his progeny and they had nicely balanced hooves.
The 4th horse, black Connemara has an even more pronounced club-type hoof on the front right. It appears to have some kind of creative shoeing applied. That's something you manage if a horse happens to end up with it, but I would avoid breeding a horse with a pronounced hoof issue like that unless there was a way to prove it could not be passed on.

The 3rd horse, cremello Connemara has a rather straight hind end, and I would avoid that too in case the mare made it worse - it could lead to soundness issues. I'd also avoid the Friesian cross. They have many genetic problems and especially since it is a cross, the unknowns that could show up might be very bad. They can even carry a dwarfism gene.
I take it you like certain colors, but I'd look at hooves and conformation first since you can't ride the color (unless you want a pretty pasture pet).
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What is your goal? Eventing, dressage, hunter jumper? For me, when looking at a stallion I start with which one's conformation I like the best. Then I watch videos of his movement. Find showing results and then make sure he has offspring that can perform well in the sport of my choice.
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Breeding a cross you just don't know what is going to be passed gene wise. Also need to see pics of mare and know breeding on her before an opinion would be considered. Basically #2 and maybe #7 depending on whether he is a cross or not. The crosses I am not saying rule out totally. If they have been used on similar types to your mare and throw specific traits consistently then worth looking at.

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post #7 of 16 Old 06-15-2020, 11:02 AM
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Without seeing your mare I'd vote for 3, 4 or 7

I'd also want to see more photos facing towards the front horse and towards the back of the horse plus videos of the horse under saddle (if applicable) and correctly controlled on the lunge so I could see how it moves
I also like to see a horse run up in hand towards, past and away from the camera

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I'm familiar with Fiontar Mac Tire (#4). By all reports he's a calm but very athletic horse/large pony (not sure where he is exactly, height-wise) who produces nice, level-headed foals. Here's some video of him at the Royal:


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Personally I would rule out 1,3,6 and 7 because I dislike pink skinned horses.

I do not dislike 2 but he is shallow through his quarters. He has a good front end but that isn't the engine.

Cannot really tell a lot about 4 very poor picture. He looks long in the back.

I do like the coloured horse.

All,in all I would want to see them moving especially directly away from and then to me to see how straight their action is.
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I'm familiar with Fiontar Mac Tire (#4)
Whoops, I meant #3! Too late to edit.
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