Want to breed a top class horse?
Brood mare by the Medoc stallion Midas
- Sport Horse
- Dark bay
- 11 years
- 16.2 hands
In an effort to prompt any prospective breeder into viewing my mare from a "proper" stand point, I have recorded here some helpful information; after which I shall present my mare for inspection! : 0 )
If you are entirely serious about breeding the best of horses, you will hopefully not take offence if you find yourself sucking the odd proverbial egg whilst reading some of this info', so please, just bear with me, because you're obviously in the right frame of mind any way and my mare is certainly worth considering! ; 0 )
If you want to breed a top class horse for yourself, then the right mare is paramount – in many ways, she is the most important part of the equation, because not only will she supply half the genes, but she will carry the foal for nearly eleven months and most importantly, she is the one who will nurture it for the first six months of its life; the precise months in which the foal’s crucial behaviours will be set for life! So, you could say that the mare is actually more important than the stallion! It is to my mind patently obvious that both the dam and the sire should each possess the particular traits that the breeder desires to replicate in their offspring in an attempt to breed a horse best suited to their chosen sport, i.e. appropriate temperament, confirmation, gait, athleticism, stamina etc. etc. These suitable traits should be the only reason to use a particular stallion and likewise they should be the only reason to use a particular mare! This may sound obvious, but in my experience of talking to many breeders, especially home breeders, it is often not the case! I have found that, most, or at least some of the above considerations, have so often been forgotten when selecting a mare amid the great excitement of choosing that much paraded stallion!
When one considers the question, "What is the best confirmation for a broodmare"? I think it doesn't matter whether you want to breed for dressage, showing, jumping or eventing, the most important considerations must be: the quality of a horse's shoulders, because the slope, or angle, of a horse's shoulder determines the length of his neck and back, as well as the way his front legs are set onto his body. Together these attributes contribute to the horse's length of stride and balance. The back end of a horse on the other hand is just as important because it is the "hub" of a horse, and a strong back, rump and hind leg are essential attributes to any horse staying sound and performing well.
So, with all of the above considerations firmly fixed in your mind with regard to our all important brood mare, I ask you to look very carefully at Maizee II, my pretty mare, who is a very kind natured exceptionally well proportioned, free moving, well bred 16.2hh, eleven year old dark brown mare. Her breeding lines, for many generations on both sides of her pedigree, comprise of some of the top horses from the worlds of dressage, show-jumping/eventing and racing. They include Midas her sire, who is a successful eventer/showjumper and Medoc, her grand sire, who was originally selected by the German commission to stand at the state stud in Celle, being bred from Germany’s finest bloodlines, including the famous Gotthard and Absatz. Medoc's sire, MAAT has produced over 160 well known dressage horses and many of Medoc's own progeny are top class showjumpers and eventers, which is not surprising because Medoc himself was a Grade A and B Showjumper and excelled at Advanced Medium Dressage at an international level. In addition, Slip Anchor, Mill Reef and Shirly Heights, who were notorious Derby winners can also be found as near relatives in Maizee's pedigree.
Maizee has particularly good all round confirmation, made up of the following attributes: powerful hind limbs that spring her forward into a good over-track, which in turn facilitates a free flowing extended movement that ends in a slight, but very pretty, point of her toes. Her powerful quarters and well proportioned hocks on the other hand give her a real workman like turn of speed when required.
She is deep in the girth, and much broader in her chest and back than she looks in the photos. By way of an illustration of this; her saddle is a medium fit and is in fact the same as my new KWPN DW gelding who is a strapping 17hh!
Her pretty head and neck are also well proportioned, and she has a strong compact back end with a forward-sloping femur, which facilitates excellent impulsion.
She has never been lame and never seems to get tired! She has always ended an hour's strenuous training session with as much "fuel" in the tank as when she started, and has rarely even broken into a sweat! And to top it all, she has a very kind temperament, (I have never seen this mare's ears back and I've owned her for eight years), and her stable manners are exemplary!
So why am I selling her as a brood mare?? Unfortunately, in Dec. 2015, she got herself cast in her box, getting her offside hind leg stuck, and rived off a large section of skin as she pulled it back! This has left her with a badly scarred leg, mainly because she decided to take out the stitches herself, twice! The leg has healed up brilliantly now, and she's perfectly sound in all paces; however, the scarring has spoilt her showing career, (which is my chosen discipline these days,) She has however been given a clean bill of health by the vets for breeding purposes.
At this moment in time I am poised to put her in foal to the young dressage stallion, D‘Egalité, who was one of the most talked-about stallions of all the German licensing's in 2015 and became the undisputed champion of the Westphalian licensing of that year: see http://www.eurodressage.com/equestrian/2015/11/26/degalite-champion-2015-westfalian-stallion-licensing
I'm going to put her in foal, in about three weeks time, because I want her to go to the best of homes and I think she will have a much better chance of doing that if she's already in foal to a top class stallion. If anyone is interested in purchasing this lovely mare, but wants to put her in foal to a stallion of their own choice, please phone me for a discussion, because the most important factor for this mare, is a good home, preferably with a stable herd of mares, because I feel sure Maizee would be happiest in that situation from now on.