Great pix, Deb! What kind of horses do you breed?
I have had Arabians, mostly Crabbet since 1974 and Section "A" Welsh since 1984. I like hairy animals in dogs and my horse taste doesn't differ much . Don't do much breeding anymore with my own stock but do breed outside mares. Breeding, training, showing was at one time our very lives but not so much for the past few decades. Started with a huge hunter/jumpers 17:2 HH when I was 12 but always wanted a Crabbet line and finally did get started when I was 14. My first show horse, Wee Lad Flannigan, so long ago the pics were black and white...lol.
The ponies started with our first Welsh Mountain Pony mare when the kids were small and took off from there.
We had a fabulous welsh stallion that was a super halter and driving horse that was shown in both the US and Canada to International grand champion.
His son I still have.
Above stallions daughter, granddaughter of our Sammy. I like refined and not coarse horses.
Welsh ponies are such characters, a stud colt from the above stallion. This colt had such a sad story. The owner who lives in another province begged me to breed him because he at one time owned the champion sire of his dam.
He prepaid before the breeding took place and ordered two as I own two mares who are the very last of his old bloodlines in the planet. He wished for fillies but both were colts. This little guy was his favorite of the two but he died in a trailer accident as a two year old.
I have had the honor of owning and producing many Arabians and welsh I couldn't possibly post all of their photos. Some are getting up in years and sadly so very many of our champion halter and performance horses were never bred when the market slumped many times when there were way too many bred by people who didn't care about the breed and good quality but a fast buck have passed away as have the bloodlines I spent so much time saving "for later". Has never been my ideal to produce in quantity but breed to the breed standard and have a sale before breeding to the few who have the same ideals as I do, preservation of the breed to breed standards. Over the years we have produced a lot of good quality show horses and a large number were sold to folks who didn't want show horses but pleasure riding animals and that's fine with me. Not sure what the future holds regarding breeding, hate to lose the bloodlines but so many horses are being bred by most everyone who have no breeding ethics that I see no purpose to adding more when so many go to slaughter.
My attitude carries towards the Havanese breed also. I have always been a picky polly but I know if I can't produce exceptionally well bred, healthy offspring that equal or exceed breed standards I should likely not breed. For now as I am having way too much on my plate training and preparing for shows and just having way too much fun with the day to day experiences with all of my dogs.