You haven't cured me yet! (breeding suggestions)
So, while you guys have managed to cure others on here, I've recently had a little life change that has encouraged me to breed my mare :lol: Thankfully, I realize that I have no idea what I'm doing.
Basically, I'm going away for quite a while, and my darling mare will be sitting in the pasture and turning into a fatty. She's incredible, and the surrounding community isn't happy that I'm not going to lease her out to someone to continue eventing on. But, I'm not going to be here to watch over the whole thing, so she's just going to sit.
Background on the mare: Thoroughbred, a little over 15.3 hands. Serious UL prospect, and not according to me. Unfortunately, I'm a pansy, so we'll never go further than prelim. Her family consistantly produces good feet, great canter, and excellent cross country horses. They are on the hotter side though, and not the biggest fans of dressage. I don't mind this so much though, as it makes them pretty simple and reliable. Conformationally, she's a bit long in the cannon, and could use a little more slope to her shoulder.
What I want: Exactly her, but with a little more dressage aptitude-something that could do about third level. I'm only 5'2", so I'm kind of torn between getting a hony that'll fit me like she does, or at least trying for something about 16 hands, in case something happens. And while she's fairly refined and light, I wouldn't want something much much heavier. The only complaint I could have when riding her is that she is a pretty intense mare. She is always switched on and tenses up very easily. While I wouldn't mind a little more relaxed version of her, I absolutely do not want something duller than she is; I love that she's naturally on the aids and takes things fairly literally ("Jump this? Ok" end of story).
So, any suggestions? Breed isn't really important, at this point.
Here is a conformation picture of her as a gangly two year old (you can see she's filled out quite a bit by the summer of her fourth year): http://www3.snapfish.com/snapfish/sl...2677_15242677/
And a video of her as a four year old, after about 30 rides (not me, obviously): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3MU5pXXQPg
She's now six. Anyone else think that I've been neglecting this little darling when it comes to camera time :lol: