Monday, October 6, 2008
Gerald ended up selling 3 yearlings and bringing home a yearling and 2 weanies. He gets to ride my dun colt out of Lady o Lena this winter and he bought the buttermilk buckskin for my winter project. I love her already. The palomino is for me too. She is Skipper W bred with strong reining bloodlines. The buckskin mare is cow bred too. It was very sad at the sale because the market has crashed so bad. They mainly had babies. They will all be eligible for a competition in the spring and fall. Babies were selling for $30 and up, yearlings $5o and up. Broke horses barely brought $300. Next year we are only breeding Stacy and maybe Ann. Gerald will sell the rest of his broodmares after they foal. We only breed what we want to ride and show. If my pretty little mares prove themselves in the show pen they will end up being bred to Spider. Sorrel babies no matter how well bred are harder to sell. Nice bred colored horses are dirt cheap right now. We can raise and show them and not bred for a couple of years. The one breeder brought less then half of what he had last year. He has really cut down his program. This sale brought in more breeders, they are all cutting back. I have to admit that most of the babies were pretty well bred. It is just so sad they went so cheap. What a slap in the face selling a colt for $75 when the stud fee is $500. AQHA is going backward, they are raising the fee's next year. It cost more to register and transfer the foal then what it sells for. The one breeder is selling out because of health issues. He brings 5 babies that will not sell with papers because he did not DNA the mares before they were sold. It would have cost $35 per kit. Those babies were a no sale at $25. All the weanies sold on breeders certificates. They bad thing about that is if the DNA test wasn't done you have to get that done first and if the mare or stud is dead or sold with out papers you will not be able to register the foal. If the foal is from Impressive bloodlines it will have to have a HYPP test that costs $75. I have a lot of horses in my name that I have not owned for years. Unless people show or bred they do not bother to transfer the papers. The DNA testing doesn't matter to them. It will not stop the switching of papers after the DNA testing is done. How many people will retest a horse? People are just giving away horses. It's a gamble buying anything right now. If you do it is best that you plan on keeping it because they market may not come back.