There are quite a few reasons I'd like a foal or two out of her. Firstly she is a one in a million pony, absolutely 110% trustworthy with the tiniest of kids but sparky enough that she adores Cross Country & hunting. Completely obedient & the sweetest nature possible. She also has a brilliant jump & lovely paces. Four times I've been asked would I part with her/would I consider parting with her but it'll never happen because not only do I love her to bits but she is a sort of pony that money can't buy. Not bad for a scared out of her wits 3 year old that I bought outside the ring at Andoversford horse fair 8 years ago! She cost £300 but I wouldn't part with her for 10 times that price.
One of the biggest reasons for putting her to Stud is that I can bring the foal on myself. I re-broke Sunny because she'd basically been been broken way to early, she was fully broken by 3 & was just rushed so when I got her she was still a baby mentally. I turned her away for a year/18 months & then started over with her.
With a foal I can do things properly, it'll be used to my ways & won't be pushed for too much too soon unlike she was. And will be used to good handling & having good manners instilled from the start so I won't have to untangle somebody else's mess.
Unfortunately the two stallions I really like are in Dyfed & Shropshire respectively. So, depending on the financial situation there are going to be two options;
So, that's the gist of it.
Here are the two stallions I have fallen for;
Irish Draught dapple grey stallion standing 16.1hh & a gorgeous temperament as well as excellent jumping ability & paces. Stud fee of £250.
I really like the look of him, he has presence & is very correct conformation wise. The only drawback with him is that Sunny may end up carrying a big foal which isn't ideal for her first nor ideal physically so will have to look into that.
Looks a bit bum high in the pic but I think that's the angle.
Welsh Section D black stallion standing 15hh. I've seen him at shows & he is stunning, he's only 7 but has such a lovely personality.
The only thing bothering me about him is the fact that all Section D's I've known of have been on the slightly crazy side.
Sunny can be quite mad at times so I don't want something that feels like you're riding a lit firework & waiting for it to explode!
At the moment I am really liking the Irish Draught as I ideally want something capable of carrying my sister who's 5'6" ish & little sister, who at 10 is 5'2" & by the time the foal is ready to be broken & ridden away will be 16. There's also my brother who's well over 6ft & has nothing to ride except a friends 18 hander who is lovely (I've ridden him & although I looked like a pea on a drum he really is a lovely horse) but doesn't do much jumping etc as he's had joint probs in the past.
So, loads to think about but I'm hoping we have a foal by mid summer next year :o)
Have also sorted my links out :o)