I'm not going to geld him.
I signed a paper.
I can't break my deal with the previous owner :-|
I also wanted to mention that I have not had him test for 'Lethal White'.
I was sure the previous owner said he was, but turns out in our discussion I misunderstood him.
But, I will take the advise, and not breed him if he is positive.
I have to if the previous owner wants to though.
He wants to breed if his mare does not throw a stud colt.
I am going to have him tested.
I'm so sorry for the misunderstanding guys :-(
I contacted the previous owner, and straighted things out.
He said he was not tested.
Once again, I am sooo sorry.
He is one of the best bred Paints in Ohio.
Bloodline, pedigree & temperment wise.
I will not breed him without a plan for the foal.
Plus, I will only breed back to the previous owner.
He said once every Spring at most.
He is a very good Paint Horse breeder.
All of his foals have made it big, and are well cared for.
I also wanted to add this..
He is a Jesse James, Tardy Too, and King bred horse.
Jesse James horses are very popular in Ohio.
I actually had to fight for the ownership of Hotrod.
Tons of people were trying to buy him from my friend.
There was even people in Texas wanting him.
His sire is very popular here too.
He's 25 though.
I'm trying to explain myself the best I can..
He is only 1 1/2 years old, and already 15hh.
He still has alot of growing to do, and filling out.
I'm sure once he is done growing he will look awesome.
I'm really glad to hear of that decision, Painted.
I hope you can understand where we were all coming from.
Lethal white carries a 100% fatality rate, and it's extremely hard on not only the foal, but the mare as well. Lots of them suffer from emotional stress after the loss of a foal.
I'm a bloodline fanatic, too. I've searched high and low for my stallion (finally found him in Minneosta, USA!) and all my mares took me FOREVER to find. Almost got all the bloodlines I want!
So I understand wanting the great bloodlines, but you have to keep in mind at what cost.
I will really cross my fingers for you that he comes back negative!
And as tip, if he comes back negative and you keep him a stallion, be VERY selective about what mares you breed him too. For example, stick to Paints, Reg'd, with great bloodlines and perferrably shown.
This will limit the amount of his bloodlines out there, but raise the cost of his offspring as they'll be shown and used.
I know we come off as a pushy bunch, which we probably are, but we really do love horses and hate to see any of them suffer! I've been educated alot since joining this forum! And breeding will always be a touchy subject. Alot of members have rescued perfectly healthy foals out of the meat pen (I did, and still have him) becuase of irrisponsible breeding!
As for riding, I'm glad you are going to wait until two. It doesn't matter how big he is, his bones don't fully fuse until he is much older and you can, no matter how light you are, can wreck his bone stucture and make him permantly lame.
Some people might still get mad that you are starting him at two, but as long as you are careful about it, you'll be okay!