Viva Carlos, our excellent bloghopper, asks: If you could/were inclined to breed your horse (assuming the horse were a mare AND no backyard breeding qualms existed), who would you breed to and WHY?
Ha. This is an EASY one for me. In this ideal world, my mare is a Knabstrupper mare from Cedar Creek Stables, probably Paula. I love the athleticism, the disposition, and the SPOTS!
The stallion? Tzigane PB, of course. We have a lot of Taz babies and grandbabies at our barn, and he stamps his foals with amazing athletic ability, willing and trainable dispositions, and a certain presence -- not to mention the adorable floppy Trakehner ears!
I know enough foals out of the Taz line that I would feel entirely confident breeding a nice mare to Taz. There are also some Knabstrupper/Trakehner (Taz in particular) babies out there already, eventing and dressaging and jumping and succeeding. I very nearly bought one sight unseen when I was looking for Apollo, but I'm mostly glad I didn't - the mare would have been too young and green for me, and Apollo is exactly what I need.
Now, granted, I didn't quite answer the question - I think the idea was "if your horse were a mare, who would you breed to and why?" If Apollo were a mare, I wouldn't have bought him. BUT. If everything were the same, disposition and ability and all, I would absolutely breed her (Apollonia, natch!). Temperament and ability that nice would definitely bear passing on, especially in a mare. So I might breed to Taz, just because I love that line, but maybe another Thoroughbred - maybe A Fine Romance - or maybe Taz's son Semper Fi (Snapper), who we have on site and has thrown some VERY nice babies.
So ideally I would have a spotted Taz baby. :) One day. I even have names picked out for the potential foal, although one of them is rather unpronounceable unless you know anything about a particular roleplaying game, so it'd probably be the other. Which, being a Mesoamerican native word, isn't much better, but more than the other ... heh. :)