I hope all of you are having a happy, healthy week! Everything at Lane’s End is going very well. My paddock pals and I are ALL enjoying the lovely weather and every moment of snacking on the lush Kentucky Blue Grass!
I’d also like to thank you for the kind comments you have written about my dear little sister, EBLOUISSANTE. As you have already noted in your responses, she is not owned by the Moss’…but by our BREEDER. He bred both of US!
On a horse’s JOCKEY CLUB PAPERS (the birth certificate for a horse), the name of the BREEDER is always listed. BREEDING is such an incredibly important part of our industry. The BREEDER is technically the person who owns the mare at the time the foal is born. Sometimes, a mare owner may ‘foal share’. This means that one person owns the mare and another individual provides the stallion season used for this mating. Under these conditions, each party would be listed as the ‘breeder of the resulting horse’ and each would own an interest in that particular foal from the moment it is born.
The majority of the time, though, the breeder owns the MARE and selects the stallion she will be bred to that year. The mare owner secures the stallion season for his mare and thus becomes both the owner and breeder of the foal once born.
A mating is planned with many significant components that need to be considered. Some of the most important are pedigree elements, conformation, size, and the overall general health of both parents. Many people also want to factor in and consider the particular running style of a horse and/or the distance capabilities of each of the potential parents Is the hope to have a pedigree that will encourage more SPEED QUALITIES or are you looking to reinforce the STAMINA INFLUENCE in this family line? There is so much to be considered. It is truly a huge responsibility for an owner to breed the best horse possible.
I would think that the main goal of a BREEDER would be to breed a quality foal who is healthy, strong, very sensible, and has good conformation. It sure looks like “E” got off to a great start in ALL of these areas! (JUST LIKE ME!) Thank you, MOM! She certainly was a great influence on both of us!
In racing literature, it is often stated that breeding horses is not an exact science. It takes a lot of HARD WORK, PATIENCE, and VERY IMPORTANTLY…LUCK!
My owners do have several broodmares. I am one of them! They enjoy the entire process…every step of the way! In our SPORT, it is often said that winning with a homebred is a very, very special thrill because of the total involvement you’ve had with the horse from the earliest stages of it’s life!
JUST IMAGINE….with foal crops of well over 30,000 horses born each year in our country…to be the ONE who breeds a horse who wins the Kentucky Derby or a Breeders’ Cup Classic…what an ACHIEVEMENT this is!
This is not only a complete THRILL….it is TRULY A GIFT!
Hugs to All~(Isn’t my baby sister TOO CUTE!)
Z's Diary | May 26, 2011