|Thinking a lot about Beacon lately...|
This has of course made me think about breeding. I have even been offered two very nice broodmares for FREE to breed to him. I know that that would potentially be the most affordable route to go (or possibly the most expensive, if things were to go wrong). Then I also have to deal with the fact that I have a broodmare to get rid of after the baby is born.
Now, both the mares in question are young, only four and six. One is a OTTB with minimal post track training but is a proven broodie to a gorgeous 2014 Gatsby colt. The other is a registered RPSI mare that has never been started and is maiden. Potentially both great projects to train post weaning and then flip.
|RSPI Mare, sorry no photo of the TB mare.|
However, I really don't want to deal with a mixed herd, or mare issues. Then of course, it can be hard to sell a mare. Some people love 'em, some people hate 'em. No one seems to be indifferent to the gender. I am in the camp of the latter. I really don't want another mare. Ever again. Rose was an amazing horse to ride, but on the ground we butted heads so much that working with her just wasn't fun most of the time. She was a horse that seemed to love everyone but me. We definitely had a teenager/mother/daughter relationship. I really don't want to invest time and money into a situation like that again. What to do then?
Wait and find a gelding!
That's my plan. Since it will likely take some time to find a Gatsby Boy, I am currently on the hunt for a husband safe/kid safe project. Something in the 15.2h range that I can use to teach Hubs to ride, play around with at the low levels, trail ride, and eventually pony my Gatsby Boy off of. That's my plan. Now I have to go and turn down some very generous owners of a couple really beautiful horses.