I've been indulging my horse obsession lately. One thing I've been putting a lot of thought into is what I want. The strangest thing has happened. There's a deep part of me that wants time (and money) to travel. That wasn't the strangest thing... The strangest thing is that I kinda, sorta think I may want to move back into the rodeo world. Barrel Racing and Team Roping. The other thing that I've really been thinking that I want to do is to have a couple of brood mares. Why? Well, I kinda enjoy raising babies. Time wise it works. I can also easily winter them at the farm.
So I've been doing some research.
*cough* It's not like I don't have anything else to with my time. *cough*
I started out by looking at bloodlines, and how much horses sell for with a variety of bloodlines. I was amazed at how much people think their animals are valued. There are stallions with OK bloodlines that are only halter broke selling for $7500. These animals don't necessarily have performance proven bloodlines. Say what?? You see a lot of broodmares with no recognizable names mass producing babies. I started this with no preconceived ideas. I just knew cutting horses were going to be out of my price range to do it right so I wanted to see what else sold. I'll admit I've become a horse pedigree snob. There are so many horses out there that have never been broke and are herd sires and brood mares. How can you know whether a horse is worth breeding if you have no idea of it's trainability or working personality? It's athletic ability will have never been tested. It's been quite the eye opener. I still haven't decided how I want to focus my energy but it's been an interesting journey.