Using the Tb mare in a breeding program
Since the snow has cancelled my lessons for the afternoon I thought I would get some opinions on a few general questions about using tb mares in your breeding program.
1. If you decide to breed to a Tb stallion (for example AFR, Sea Accounts, etc) for a full Tb foal, what would your options be for the foal if you can not do live cover? I know you could do PHR, but what else? Would the resulting offspring be eligible in the future as breeding stock for the warmblood registries without JC papers?
2. When crossing a Tb mare with a warmblood stallion, would you prefer to breed to a lighter type wb stallion (breeding like to like) or would you go for more of a heavy stallion hoping that the resulting foal would be a good blend of the two? In my experience (buying youngsters from breeders) sometimes the wbxtb crosses that come from opposing parents (opposing in type/size) can result in offspring that is either oddly put together or mismatched. Thoughts on that?
3. This may be a loaded question but, when breeding strictly for jumpers (not hunters), is there much value in having a Tb mare in your program? Does your opinion change when talking about a hunter focused program?
Basically I have a nice Tb mare, who I think is an exceptional sport horse, but I am not sure whether she should be part of a breeding program (either producing full Tbs or producing wbs). I *personally* love working with full Tbs but I know there isn't nearly as much of a market for them nowadays. I am also not sure whether I like the idea of using a Tb mare in a warmblood program, especially if I decided to breed for jumpers (we are a hunter/jumper barn). So its not as much of a question in quality of the mare, but if using a Tb mare is a *good* choice for a breeding program. I know there are TONS of tb mares that are approved and used in wb programs, but I just thought I would get some opinions on the subject from you all.