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I'm looking for advice on what route to take with my mare. Some back ground information. Gracie is a 5-6 y/o 3/4 perch 1/4 QH cross. She mainly looks full perch but Ill never know for sure because shes a PMU. Heres where I need the advice. I've owned Gracie for over a year now and she is my second horse. I bought her because at the time I had a "thing" for drafts doing lower level dressage and jumping. Working with Gracie has been a chore itself. She is a very stubbern mare but I'm finally getting her to open up and am harnessing her energy in a positive way. Now that I have worked with her for a while I'm realizing shes not the horse I need. I'd like to be showing dressage this year and I don't think Gracie will ever be a "solid" low level dressage horse. It's not that she couldn't do it it's that she does not enjoy it. Her heart is in trails and jumping. So I'm at a stand still. Do I sell her? Continue training her with the help of my trainer? Or *no rude comments for this* breed her to her well bred TB stud and raise her baby to be my next show horse. IF IF IF I bred her I'd keep her and baby.









These are a few pictures to give you all an idea of who Gracie is!
 

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Thanks for the advice! I got the idea of breeding because my farm breeds and shows perch/tb crosses. I'm not just looking for a lower level dressage horse. I'd like to be able to show hunter/jumper also. I dont need an upper level horse yet as I have my trainer PSG dressage horse to ride and show so I'm taking advantage of that for the time being.
 

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I wouldnt breed her to just anything. I've raised my first horse from a baby up and I loved the time and bond I shared and built with him. I worked with a trainer to train him and hes turned out great! I'm not saying its what I would do. It was just a thought because I love her and it would be cool to have something out of her as my next show horse. I really enjoyed training my own horse (with a trainers help). I'm turning to all of you for advice because I'm at a complete stand still.
 

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Also, I wouldnt breed to a stallion just because it had nice papers and it was pretty. I'd breed to something that complemented her. Honestly I dont think I would ever breed her it was just a thought that had been put in my head.
 

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Thanks! JustSam, You guys all got the wrong impression on me. I just like to stand by my friends that's all. I greatly take in any and all advice given to me! She really is a great mare and I had a blast with her this summer. Shes fun to have fun on. I took her swimming almost everyday this summer and would dive off her back but I need a horse that is "serious." Sure I could throw her in a pair of draw reins get a frame and call that dressage but I'm not like that. I'm all about true collection and really engaging the hind end because that ideally is the key factor in collection. I'm not like that though I won't do something unless I do it right. I've really worked with her on using her hind end and really reaching under herself but shes just not built for that strenious performance work. Sure people ride dressage and show it with drafts but I want something with better momevent and something more uphill. Something that can hold up to the performance work I ask of it. Thats the last thing I want is to have Gracie not sound because I pushed her to do something shes not made to do.
 

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Not sure if you see a difference in movement between the 2nd and 3rd pic compared to the last but I'm really working on getting her to move out instead of a flat draft trot. The last pic was around when I first got her and it was at a clinic we went to and all the ones above it are more recent
 

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Good Advice! Thanks :) I wouldnt sell her but I also have a young QH I bought when he was a baby and a year into raising him I tested him for HYPP and it came back H/N. The breeder knew the mare had HYPP but did not disclose it to me until I came to her with my horses test results. So currently I have two horses that arent what I need but I could never sell my QH Rebel. He has yet to have an HYPP attack *knock on wood* but it still needs to be monitered by diet.

Thanks for everyones advice so far!
 

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Thanks for the advice! I'm still going to show her and train with I'm just not sure what to do. These responces have been great! It really gives me more ideas to think about!
 

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Everyone- THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all of the positive reply. I think I'm just going to keep doing and see where it takes me. I had a very good ride tonight that has given me hope that we can work as a team, together.
 
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