I know that’s a loaded question here but there’s some backstory.
I just spent over 3 years searching for my next heart horse that I hoped to develop into a GP (jumper) contender. I found an incredible 3 yo mare by Emerald and after months (through no fault of her own) of PPE and logistics, I got her home. Two weeks ago she jumped out of her paddock and broke her neck. I’m devastated, obviously.
Now that the shock has worn off I’m considering what to do next. I knew nothing about Emerald before I found my mare but everything I saw in her and everything I learned about him since, I loved. I loved her brain, her movement, her jump, and her size. It looks like cloning is off the table for various reasons. I can reach back out to the breeder and see if they can make another one (although they’re getting out of breeding so that’s a long shot), try to find another somewhere…or breed Emerald to my older mare.
I’ve been thinking of breeding my mare (via IVF/recip mare, as she’s small) for years. I’ve owned her since she was a yearling and she’s my heart horse. I know nothing’s guaranteed yadda yadda yadda (I’m a young horse trainer and have been a repro vet tech, worked for breeders, etc. I know breeding is often a crap shoot), but my mare has the best brain, incredible work ethic, and everything I’d want in my next horse except size. Every trainer, vet, body worker, that has met her loves her (I’m not just biased!). She’s sound at 20, and just tries her heart out at everything I ask her to do. This baby would be mine forever and I really would prefer a mare (another check in the buy category…).
Do I try to breed her to Emerald next year, try for the same cross from the breeder of my 3yo, or scrap it all and start my search over?
Follow up: I know Emerald has a lot of babies on the ground but I haven’t been able to find a ton about what he adds. Most of the things I’ve found (on this forum) are that he adds size (height and width) but not necessarily length of leg, and his offspring have great brains.
Lastly, at the very very VERY bottom of the list, my mare is buckskin and wouldn’t it be cool if I got a buckskin or palomino Emerald baby. (No I’m not breeding for color and I know this would be highly unlikely but a girl can dream…)