Breeders: How do you decide which foals to sell?
I am a failure as a horse 'breeder'. It was never my intention to do it as a business, just a way to carry on the lineage of a riding mare I particularly liked. Then I really enjoyed the breeding thing and realised that I wanted to keep doing it to sell a few on a very small scale. Problem is, I am not selling any horses. I don't mean that there are no buyers or that there is no market, but that I can't even begin the process of listing one for sale because I feel attached to the youngsters.
I am wondering how the successful breeders distance themselves emotionally to sell their youngsters?
I feel very attached to the foals as they are born. I am attached to my mares and want to keep their babies. I want to ride the offspring and see how they turn out. I can not rank them as to who I would like to keep the most as a riding horse for myself when they're not all under saddle.
Any tips on selecting which foals to sell and keep? How long do you keep each one, until they are started? Or do you sell as weanlings/two year olds? Do you decide in utero that a certain cross will be for sale right away, but that there are some pairings that you might want to keep?
Do you feel more attached to offspring of a particular mare than the others?
I do think it will be easier to decide when they're all under saddle, but it also doesn't seem practical to do that with every single one. It would be nice to just sell one every so often to keep my numbers sort of flat.
Any wisdom greatly appreciated.