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The stallion Don de Marco

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    The stallion Don de Marco

    There's a filly up for sale right down the street from me out of Don de Marco. I'm wondering what temperament he tends to throw? How calm/spooky his offspring tend to be? Any lameness issues associated with his bloodlines?

    I've heard he has several offspring on the ground. Is anyone familiar with his offspring?

    I heard he didn't score so well at inspection. Can anyone tell me why?

    I checked YouTube and while there's several videos of his foals, I couldn't find much on his offspring being worked under saddle.

    His scores at his Hanoverian inspection were very low so he was not approved. I think he was approved American WB or something like that. You could probably find his scores and judges comments from the AHS or maybe Google it. Depending on what you want to do with the filly - ride or breed might be determined by the approval. I would go see the filly in person and see what you think.


      He was approved Oldenburg North America (not to be confused with GOV). Are you buying a riding horse? If so, buy the horse in front of you. I've actually seen a few of his offspring, and they actually all had good temperaments. But also be aware, he is not so popular on this breeding forum... So maybe not if you are looking for a broodmare prospect...


        I've worked with one. She has 3 very good gaits. Very much a "kick ride." Occasional green, squirrely moments but overall pretty brave about life.
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          Search this forum and you will find information about him.

          That being said, I 100% agree that if you are buying a riding horse, buy the horse in front of you. Breeding her down the road would be in the ISR/Old NA books but if that doesn't bother you... GO for it
          Draumr Hesta Farm
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            To the OP: Just curious about your future plans for the filly....jumper or dressage ?


              Hi! I breed primarily Oldenburg sporthorses and my last foal, a filly, was by him. She was very athletic and correct and had a lovely temperament. She was essentially sold the moment she hit the ground. The buyer has another Don De Marco youngster and likes him so much that they wanted my foal pretty much sight unseen. I was very pleased with my filly and have been impressed by the offspring that I’ve seen. My foal was awarded Premium by the way.
              I believe Don De Marco’s owner sold him last year and I haven’t heard where he went or if he is still active.


                Here's his FB page
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                  Own one, ridden two, known three. All are personable horses, more average-to-high intelligence, good movers, and easy to work with. They are sweet and trainable. Not exactly forward, mine is out of a Dutch mare and has her moments. They look more like their dams than like the sire.

                  Two had club feet and had to have the check ligament surgery done. Mine is moderately spooky, the other two can’t be bothered. My mare can get over a fence, the gelding was not impressive over fences. Both are dressage horses. They did very well at their inspections as babies, both Premium, and the three year old was not presented.

                  Would I buy another Don de Marco baby again? Eh.


                    I wouldn’t buy a filly from this stallion. Why? He’s inferior quality and I can’t support that in current or future breeding.

                    He should have been gelded. Only in the U.S............. but I digress.

                    If it’s a gelding, you’re just buying the horse in front of you and it doesn’t really matter what it’s lines are so long as it is capable of doing the job you want.

                    Even so, do look out for conformation defects, especially clubby feet.
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                      I have a 5 year-old gelding by him out of a Friesian/Arab mare. I bought him last year after trying a bunch of horses down in Ocala, FL. Out of the horses I tried, he was at 4, the nicest moving, and had a great brain. He is, for me, the perfect mix of forward and not lazy. My son who is coming off of a pony rides him and has been doing well with him. He jumps and does dressage. Click image for larger version

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                        He has been soooo heavily marketed in the area where I grow up with season specials and constant breaks on stud fees. As a result, there are some lovely horses by him and some really mentally and physically coarse types. I would say that I've seen more unremarkable horses by him than remarkable ones but they could have been out of a series of meh mares.


                          He scored REALLY low at the stallion testing, so I would not consider him at all for a mare to breed or a prospect. If he had nice foals, it could have been the mare.