Good horses are like good people,
they have great mothers!

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Skip Chloe
1999 Buckskin Mare

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Skip N Pacific Tyme
1999 Sorrel Mare
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Skip N Cutie
1990 Palomino Mare
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Skips So Sweet
2005 Sorrel Mare

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Tardy's Poco Suzanna
1992 Sorrel Mare
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Tenders Latchkey
1992 Palomino Mare
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Roosters Red Rio
1992 Sorrel Mare
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Skips Classy Angel
2000 Chestnut Mare
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We have a lot of people ask us about mares and their importance.  We believe that owning good mares are like a right of passage to raising good horses.  A sorry or average mare will never have a great baby, regardless of the stallions quality.

 Horses are not like cattle, in that you can start with average females and good sires and in a few generations  have good offspring.  Some people say that the mare is a percentage of the baby (like 70% or 80%).  I look at it like this:  A baby will equal it's mother,  plus or minus 10%.  That means that if you are blessed and find a good cross for your mare, the baby will not usually be any better than 10% better than it's mother.  I have also seen good mares bred to sorry stallions and have a good baby, that is only 10% worse than its mother.

What does this mean?  Well it basically means that you can not buy cheap mares from your local back yard breeder or at your local Friday night sale and raise $2500 to $5000 babies out of them.  If that were possible, everyone would be doing it.  I have always been told that successful breeders do two basic things.  They start with good females and they have to be disciplined enough to keep their fillies.  Good mares hold their value.  Even when the horse market is down, good mares will still bring a premium.

What do we look for in our broodmares?  I  like them foundation bred, 15.2 hands with a wide pelvis or frame, good hocked, have a pretty head and good neck; and oh yea they have to have a big gaskin.  Breeders refer to them as the "Broodmare Type."  If you observe successful breeders you may notice the consistency in this type of mare.  They are not usually the show type, this is why very few world champions have world champion mothers.  I  promise you that you will not find many mares like this and when you do they will cost you plenty.  I know because I have bought some of them myself.

I understand that many people can not afford to go out and buy mares like this when they are getting started.  We have had good luck buying older mares like this that we could afford and raising a few good babies out of them.  I think that this may be the only way to get started without spending a lot of money up front.  You will never get there if you start with common horse.