On breeds

24/08/2013 19:19

It will come as a surprise to many that we have purchased a young Freshen x Anglo Arab stallion. Rightly or wrongly we still consider looks and conformation to be paramount. I have long considered that the Freshen has a special presence which could be very useful in a breeding program. The Arab is another breed with this potential. Reality in a breeding program is that most horses are sold at bread-and-butter prices. Wastage through unsoundness and poor looks must be kept to a minimum. Looks and colour matter. The majority of the performance breeds within Europe are plain to my eye. Some are downright ugly. This is fine when they are winning in the ring, but when they are not or when they are unproven?

The first Freshen x  progeny will go on the market as yearlings in October 2013