There are so many horse breeds, and everyone has their favourites. I breed KWPN’ers. A breed with a lot of influences from different breeds to breed the ‘perfect’ competition horse. The thing I find the most interesting. Stallions from other studbooks can be approved for the KWPN if they meet the strict criteria. This way you can introduce new blood and expand the options for the breeders.
The first selection has started again. The year of the O’s. I also have 1, beautiful jumping specimen, but he hadn’t matured enough to participate and I first want to develop the line more so chance of success will be better. The criteria are quite strict, also concerning the dam line, and he might make it all the way, maybe in 2 years. He needs his time to grow. As a breeder you need be selective and pick the horses you want to continue with. Otherwise, you are spending money which could have been invested in other things to improve the line. As a breeder just starting out like me you need to think about how to use your resources. I can’t just enter all that might have potential. Maybe one day.
When the selections start it is often time to start thinking about the stallion choice for 2022. Easy for me since at the moment I only have 1 brood mare. The other 2 are still foals. In a few years I hope to have a few more brood mares and then the search will be more extensive. Looking at plus and minor points your mare has, what I want to improve, which discipline (dressage, jumping, all-round), how did the earlier foals pan out. Really interesting (can dive into that data for hours) and fun stuff to spend time on. The most fun part? You have absolutely no influence which genes will be passed on, so whatever comes out will be a surprise. Every single time.
I love documenting the entire process. The reason the Equestrian Journal came to life. Surely, I am not the only nutcase doing this 😉. I always start with a stallion shortlist who fit the goal for that year. Young, old, proven or not. Every stallion I find interesting goes on there. Then I dive into the data (breeding values, rates, offspring). The journal I fill with all that data including pics of the lines, information on the offspring, potential names, and achievements in the pedigree. Often with drawings and doodles all over the place. Like a dairy. I love doing it and especially when you choose to breed a successor from your mare, how awesome to have documented the entire process.
For me it is time to start thinking about my stallion choice, only 3-4 months left before the scanning starts again. Will I go for the same jumping stallion of which she lost the embryo to Einschuss fevers earlier this year or for that dream dressage horse that I have in mind for several years already (if he is still affordable). Choices, choices.. Luckily, I still have time.
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