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Re: [RC] Spanish Mustangs/freedoms - Beth Walker

This is true, and I've done the same thing. Shadow was the result of a breeding between Witraff and a grade Arab/Morgan cross that had flashy gaits. I had a breeding lease with the mares owners. I registered him as a 1/2 Arab, gelded him (as I wasn't going to breed him), broke him myself at 2, and kept him his entire 25 years. He was still going strong (had completed a 25 miler the month before) when I lost him from a broken leg.

Conformationally, he was better suited to dressage, as he had those flashy gaits (and long toe, low heel). Unfortunately, his rider was better suited to the trail. :) In the ring, he was just too hot for me until he turned 18 and started to mellow out. He still dumped me at age 23...

On Apr 2, 2008, at 8:31 AM, Sisu West Ranch wrote:

"...A long-term program is key--and ..."

Lets not forget that there is another completely moral, and rational way to breed horses, production of using horses that will not be bred on.

Wendy and I have bred two great horses in the last couple of years. The breedings were designed to produce horses that we will personally use until the end of their lives (God willing and the creek don't rise.) They were both the results of crossing horses with quite different genetic backgrounds. The reason is that we fell that these crosses produce a great using horse. In the case of Miikka, I would never breed that cross on - my personal opinion is that half Arabian half Saddlebred horses are great using horses, but not for breeding.

In our case Murphy was evidentally busy elsewhere as both were born as Gelding prospects, exactly what we prefered.

Ed
Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875

(406) 642-9640

ranch(at)sisuwest(dot)us


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