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BREEDING APPROACH TO OWNING RACEHORSES:

The breeding of your own horses have many advantages whether your end objective is racing, or selling, or both. Your family will enjoy this, other than the racetrack approach, as you watch your horses grow up. This especially interesting to children. You need not worry about getting outbid on a horse you want if you already own it from birth. One or two foundation mares can keep you in racing for generations with quality horses. You can always get to top stallions through paying stud fees or foal sharing with a good mare.

 

Subject Advantages Disadvantages Subject
Strong Sire Line Sires Lines account for half of every pedigree. Sometimes a strong Sire Line may have a bad history in some matings Look at Inbreeding and genetic pedigree crosses when selecting your mating.
Strong Tail Female Lines Always guaranteed of commercial value since the catalogues are based on this line. The stronger this tail female line basis, the more you must pay, usually. Some sire lines work and other do not so the trend is to breed along the lines that are proven.
Commercial You can often hit the jackpot when you are participating in the breeding main stream. Trends can change. The hot sire when you breed can be cold sire when you sell. Commercial value always has worth when the racehorse retires.
Playing the Percentages The more you seem to know, the more you can expect to pay. Mrs. Sullivan had twelve children and only one John L. Sometimes a mare may be destined to have only one or two good foals in her life.
Young Pedigrees The breed is supposed to be improving with every generation. You may catch a pedigree that is improving and make a very good buy. The pedigree may never improve and you may be throwing away money chasing a dead end or a bad branch of a good tree. Never be afraid to sell when you think that a pedigree is just not working for you. Hind sight is always 20 - 20 so look ahead, never back.
Old Pedigrees Strong families and many sires are much less expensive once they become older. Often there is no sensible reason for this. Some people stay away from older progenitors and producers. These people are part of the purchasing population. Expect that insurance rates are higher for insuring the older mares that you may own. They are probably closer to death.