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#1 Penny Lane Arabians

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:06 PM

I have fallen in love with a grey pure polish Arabian mare!! She is gorgous! But to start off, she is tiny and I try to tell myself she is too small for me, If i buy her as a broodmare, will it come back to bite me in the but sometime down the road? I mean her smallness is gonna come out somewhere right?

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:28 PM

I bought an Ultimate Star daughter with the same issue. My stallion traditionally adds 3 inches+ on the mare. This would give me a mature foal of approx 14.3 hands. So average for an arabian. I will pray for a filly and then keep breeding up(height wise). The name of the game in MR halter and overseas sales is TYPE!!!

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:30 PM

I have fallen in love with a grey pure polish Arabian mare!! She is gorgous! But to start off, she is tiny and I try to tell myself she is too small for me, If i buy her as a broodmare, will it come back to bite me in the but sometime down the road? I mean her smallness is gonna come out somewhere right?


YES IT WILL. The concern would be how often . You pay a hefty stud fee and the foal is small - so where's the market for that ?

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:32 PM

YES IT WILL. The concern would be how often . You pay a hefty stud fee and the foal is small - so where's the market for that ?




Thats what i'm afraid of .....

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:34 PM

I have fallen in love with a grey pure polish Arabian mare!! She is gorgous! But to start off, she is tiny and I try to tell myself she is too small for me, If i buy her as a broodmare, will it come back to bite me in the but sometime down the road? I mean her smallness is gonna come out somewhere right?

Actually there is a whole other market out there for the 'little ones' under 14.2....sportpony, hunter pony, FEI dressage pony etc.....and ironically the prices for the good, well-trained ponies (who ride like horses) are considerably higher than for the majority of purebreds these days...it is not uncommon for a proven second/third level FEI pony to change hands for $20,000.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:40 PM

Actually there is a whole other market out there for the 'little ones' under 14.2....sportpony, hunter pony, FEI dressage pony etc.....and ironically the prices for the good, well-trained ponies (who ride like horses) are considerably higher than for the majority of purebreds these days...it is not uncommon for a proven second/third level FEI pony to change hands for $20,000.


Could be wrong... but I doubt they're wanting a halter pony.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:46 PM

Could be wrong... but I doubt they're wanting a halter pony.

Halter ponies are trained to ride in my world...but they can be shown on the line as sportponies as well. Here is one showing Open Sportpony last summer..

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 08:36 PM

Some of the best arabians in our breed have been small, including Barbary, Khemosabi (and I know this as I stood in the stall with my hand over his wither!!), *Raffles , Dreamazon, etc etc. There have been the mares too.

My 13.2 hand arabian mare has produced a foal last year who at a year old is already taller than she is. Look at the pedigree, what is there? Is it a bunch of teensy weensy horses? Or is it a good mix?

If you have a pedigree with average sized horses in it, most likely bred to a larger stallion you are going to get larger foals and feeding has a lot to do with it.

Give the little gal a chance if your heart says to.....but go with your eye/your heart. From that Ganges mare I'd say you have a good eye :)
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:03 PM

Wasn't there a small mare that did quite well at Nationals this past year? I don't remember the name, someone out there might know it. I understand she was so typey they couldn't resist her.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:22 PM

Who was the pony that won HA Park at Nat'ls years ago? Tiny thing that could trot over the moon. Brought the crowd to its feet every time.

A friend of mine leased a 13.3H mare and her foal grew to 15.2 and he was a Regional Champion 1st and 2nd level dressage (both he and his dam were Aurab breeding).
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