Are you interested in horse breeding?
Or are you thinking about raising a foal from your beloved mare? This infamous diamond in the rough that you can polish for yourself with skillful horse training?
It's quite clear: breeding actually always comes into play here. It doesn't matter whether you take this into your own hands with your mare or choose one of the many horses for sale from a stud farm of your choice. Without horse breeding - no horse!
What is meant by breeding horses?
It is a pre-planned, well-thought-out propagation of the horse as a living being, with the result that health, performance and rideability are maintained. In the best case scenario, even improve.
In plain language: The desired goal should be to have a horse or To "create" foals with proper health, harmony between interior and exterior and flawless handling (both in handling and in horse training)!
Breeding then and now
Back in the day, animals were bred as food, work animals, war tools and for locomotion. Only the rich upper class took a liking to special breeds that were suitable for horse racing, polo or hunting.
Today, wars are fought at the push of a button, fields are cultivated with agricultural machinery and we get from A to B by car or train. And horse meat? Ok, we'll save ourselves that topic!
Now there is a breed that is ideal for every branch of equestrian sport. There are horses for sale everywhere. Nowadays, a riding facility is accessible to everyone. In addition to different breeding areas, import allows us to have a top selection.
With pure breeding, only mares or a stud stallion are chosen for breeding that meet the appropriate requirements or Can demonstrate selection criteria for your respective breed. For performance breeding (e.g. b for warm-blooded horses) the studbook is crucial. The aim here is to improve the performance of the respective breed. There is also so-called finishing. By including a noble, pure breed (e.g. b Arabian Thoroughbred) breeding is enhanced with their positive characteristics. Finally there is the intersection. This would like to combine the proportions of two races into one. The original breeds are very similar so that the breeding goal and the line are preserved.
What should a breeder value?
- qualitative performance disposition
- Health (this includes, for example, physical resilience and the exclusion of hereditary diseases)
- good psychological interior
- Proof of pedigree/studbook entry/awards (entries are possible via the horse breeding association)
- Species-appropriate husbandry
- Appearance (rather secondary. Is only a black horse with four white pasterns and a star on its forehead perfect?)
Where do you find the right breeding stallion?
A trip to a stud farm with a stallion station can help you make your choice. Our main and state stud farms, for example, offer a tour of their riding facility. Valuable offspring can be viewed there in large paddocks and the proud fathers of the foals are also on site.
You can also get an idea at stallion shows and parades. There you can quickly talk to experts and take one or two tips home with you. You can also get a lot of answers to your questions in advance from the horse breeding association. A stallion station is not always necessary. Many private individuals have taken up horse breeding as a hobby and look forward to interested visitors.
Breeding your own foal is something uniquely beautiful. But remember, knowing how to breed horses isn't enough!
The wonderful little creature has to be born first. Your mare needs a lot of attention and observation even before the birth. Once the little one is there, you now have to take on double responsibility. And ultimately, this sweet dwarf is still growing and should be kept, raised (yearling paddock) and trained according to his needs.