I can offer assistance in choosing the proper mate for your mare, or in attracting the best mares to insure your stallion's success. Variable prices based on whether I am to help choose between several existing alternatives or to begin a search and carry it through to completion. For a mare, cost would be lower if you ask for my help in deciding between two potential mates, it is higher if you ask me to initiate a search for the proper stallion for her. To select mares for a stallion, initial cost will vary as to whether you require general bloodline and conformation recommendations or you wish me to help decide between several mares you are considering. Breeding consultations require submission of video footage and/or still photographs and pedigrees of all horses being considered. I have helped breed a number of champions already, including a recent National winner, and have owned a National winner myself - let me help you get the best possible foals. Below are the requirements for me to assist you with a breeding consultation if I am not able to see your horse in the flesh. I always prefer to see horses in person if possible of course!
PHOTO & VIDEO REQUIREMENTS FOR MATING CONSULTS/APPRAISALS
Video (Video can be sent on DVD disk in postal mail if possible, or posted online on YouTube):
- Horse standing still, in a relaxed pose with a stable halter (no show pose).
Pan the camera around the horse slowly, with closeups of the legs from front end on, both sides and back end on. I also need to see some footage of each side of the horse, and closeups of the head and neck, and hindquarters.
- Lead the horse at a walk to and away from the camera.
- Lead the horse at a trot to and away from the camera.
- Turn the horse loose in a paddock and try to get it to move at all gaits (this can be the hardest part!)
- If the horse is broke to ride, I would like to see it ridden at all gaits.
- If footage is available of offspring and of the offspring's other parent (even if it does not meet my usual specs) please include it.
Still photos (I prefer prints in postal mail if possible, as it is very hard to measure angles on a computer monitor from photos sent as email attachments. However I will accept photos sent as email attachments if they cannot be sent in postal mail).
- Legs--front end on, back end on, side view of front legs, side view of back legs.
- Head and neck
- Whole horse--each side
- Motion photos--horse walking, trotting, cantering--without rider and with rider (if
the latter can be managed)
- If anything you have on hand matches my needs, please feel free to send it so you need not go to additional trouble.
Sample Breeding Consultation
CONSULT FOR: SILVER DREAM
DREAM is a mare of excellent type and conformation. Her strengths include a very typey head, long neck, correct legs and plume tail carriage. Her back could be a bit shorter and
her neck set on a bit higher.
SILVER DREAM's pedigree is linebred to RAKTHA, sire of *SILVER DRIFT and *SERAFIX, and also features close lines to other significant Crabbet horses. Historically, such mares
have been highly compatible with *BASK++ and his sons, and with KHEMOSABI++++ and his sons. The nick with a stallion of the *BASK++ sire line or KHEMOSABI++++ sire line is proven in production of National winners in halter and performance.
Should a saddleseat performance horse be sought, my recommendation would be to breed SILVER DREAM to a *BASK++ son whose dam side goes back to CMK foundation stock to linebreed to the bottom part of her pedigree.
A good choice for her would be Canadian National Champion Park REIGN ON, who has sired National winners in saddleseat performance including NEW MARKET, and in halter including NH ESCAPADE (whose dam BRU BET BASSERA has a line to *SERAFIX, as does SILVER DREAM). REIGN ON could raise SILVER DREAM's neck set and shorten her back, while retaining her typiness and good legs. His park performance at the 1986 Scottsdale show is still the standard to which I compare all others--he was the best that day, and the performance was the best park performance I have seen.
For a western/hunt seat style offspring, SILVER DREAM could ideally be bred to a KHEMOSABI++++ son, preferably one with a good head and overall smoothness and a CMK dam line. This nick would probably shorten up the back of the resultant foal, while contributing the breed type, good legs, and sweet temperament for which the KHEMOSABI++++ line is noted.