I got offered a free breeding to a friend's 12 hh welsh cob x stud with my 16 hh TB mare. He's adorable and has a lot of substance to him relative to his size with some really nice conformation. I have been planning to breed my mare for a sport pony to bring up. I really can't pass up this deal and since it would be a H/J or eventing/PC pony the fact that it wouldn't be registered isn't a big deal to me as it wouldn't be a breed show animal anyways. I'm looking more at what he can improve on my mare and yet still give me a high probability for a pony sized offspring. Only problem is that they don't AI only do live cover. I have heard of backing mares up to small rises with good footing, building ramps, etc. I'm not sure if any of that is safe or would work for them. Or if the little guy could just stretch and cover her on his own? She has never been bred but has been teased and is a very willing breeder as far as we can tell so I'm not concerned about her hurting him as much as him hurting himself trying to mount her. Anyone ever try this? I am also looking into getting someone to collect him and AI her but they don't have a breeding dummy and I know it's harder to collect without one not to mention I don't have breeding stocks for her either. I have collected and AI'd myself with the proper facilities but I'm not comfortable doing it on my own without a dummy and stocks. So any suggestions, advice, or experience would be helpful. It's still in the planning stages but I don't want to go about it the wrong way. And I'd rather not breed than spend a lot of money on this little project.