I am probably going to breed my now retired 6 year old WB mare. She is VERY big, over 17 hands, very long legged but also big bodied. I definitely need to refine her and want something smaller if that is possible. Her dam is 15'3. Want a hunter type baby. My mare is a hunter and has a great brain, a great jump, is pretty, just big.
Suggestions??? Not wanting to roll the dice here either on something unproven. If I could clone my mare and make her 16 she would be perfect.
I should add that the damline is G line Hanoverian (her mother was an excellent show hunter who was bred to be a dressage horse). The very best brain you could ever find in both mares. That was certainly passed down.
Well, I have a 17.2 hand Carolus I mare that I put to Carracci with the exact same goal you are striving for in terms of refining and downsizing. I breed jumpers but he absolutely could of gone the hunter and derby route. His rider was a junior so USEF rules nixed that. He's a lovely stallion with progeny doing very well in EU. His owner will be bringing some of their offspring by him to Florida this winter to get their show careers started.
Dauphin appears to be a dressage horse. Not looking for that type of bloodline but rather something that is a proven hunter sire. I already have plenty of dressage blood in the G line Hanoverian side from the mare's dam.
I won't breed if her she can't physically carry the baby and I am not breeding to resell. Just would like one baby out of her and this mare really wants a job. The vet seemed to think it would work long term but you never know and the horse will always come first. Not to worry about that. The sad part is that she is the real thing, what we all hope and want to get in a great hunter. And how hard are they to find? That is why if I can get a baby I will at least try as long as she is willing and able.
I am hoping that it will all work out and while she is recovering I am doing my research and keeping my fingers crossed.
Just curious, but I'm wondering why she is retired at 6 years old? Although the "R" lines are known for their dressage, I've heard (no experience personally) that they make good hunters and don't throw large-ness.
She has had two ligament injuries in the past 18 months in two different feet. I rehabbed her after the first one and the second one is career ending. She is a Rio Grande mare. I don't think I would breed to that line again. Her dam is the soundest horse on the planet.