Horse breeding for Reined Cow Horse, Reining and Cutting.
I like to look at western performance yearlings posted on FB to compare to mine. There are two camps, the pot bellied, no topline, sunken hips and no muscle camp and the gorgeous filled out HEALTHY camp. Notice I didn't mention anything about hair. Hairy doesn't matter. A well known breeder posted a group of yearlings that were on a round bale of grass hay, they all looked wormy but probably just a bad feed program. You can't get back that first year of bad nutrition. Pedigree still needs to be fed.
Genetic Diversity. This is a little simplistic in it's description of Linebreeding and breeding for Hybrid Vigor, but it is easy for the newbie breeder to understand and they need to understand these concepts. There is far too little Hybrid Breeding going in all disciplines. https://www.quarterhorsenews.com/2020/06/in-the-blood-genetic-diversity-super-marioo/
There are no guarantees in breeding, but those with a thorough understanding of genetic diversity have long used hybrid vigor to hedge their bets.
I love this photo. It tells a story. The story of a horse that has found his place in the world. I sold this horse to a trainer in AZ as an NRHA Futurity Prospect. He ended up with Jeremiah Daeseleer in NV. This photo makes me smile every time I see it come across my screen. Chili, aka Iced Whiskey is home.
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I have a couple fillies/mare available out of this mare, Hickory's Dual Pic, aka, Dory. She is one of the mares featured in Zane Davis' recent post. I have a five year old Derby mare by Blind Sided that is still showing and in training, and I have a two year old by Smooth Talkin Style. I can't keep them all, even if I'd like too. Dory is currently in foal to Travelin Jonez.
This photo is from last spring, but this is PePe Merada, my futurity horse for 2022.
PICKLES and Adam Blackmon defended their title of Canadian Snaffle Bit Limited Open Derby Champions! 2021 and 2020! This was Pickles last Derby.
Adam Blackmon piloted my girls to Limited Op Derby Champion and Limited Op Reserve Champion at Canadian Snaffle Bit!
PePe Merada. Next year's Futurity horse for us. Coming along so nicely. Cats Merada X Pepelan. I have been told that some of the Canadian Cow Horse community still remember Pepelan from her days showing in Canada with Billy Campbell. Well, here is the next generation. I have another in my barn for 2024.
Smooth Hickory Style, my yearling by Smooth Talkin Style and out of Hickorys Dual Pic will be eligible for added money at the NRCHA Futurity in 2023. Thank You Brazos Valley!
Alberta Futurity and Derby. We had some difficulties at this show, but we are so proud of the progress Sally has made. She is out of my good mare, Hickorys Dual Pic.
Lay It Down Sally and Adam Blackmon. Fence. We had some difficulties at this show, and a couple mistakes in the boxing part of this run, but on the fence she...
PIC A PEPTO, aka Pickles. Cowtown Derby, Alberta. Open L1 Champion, Limited Open Reserve Champion with Adam Blackmon. Reined work has never been her strong suit, however her score here helped carry us through to the win! She had the high score reined work in L1 and LO and Tied for 3rd in the Open. Much improved!
Pic A Pepto by One Time Pepto out of my good mare, Hickory's Dual Pic. Cowtown Derby, Alberta. Level 1 Champion. Limited Open Reserve Champion. The rein work...
This mare! Hickory’s Dual Pic by Docs Hickory, aka Dory, will be carrying a Travelin Jonez foal. It was not easy last time she carried but we made it. It was a decision that I hope I don’t regret. I tried ET. It was a huge calamity of errors. Bad semen, bad cycles, my vet got injured badly and I felt strongly against hauling this mare. It came down to the wire. I called for a shipment the last days of availability for cooled semen on stud I know has super semen! The Ranch Equine knows me and my hurried last ditch call for HELP, was met with their usual professional, friendly “can do” attitude. Dory will be monitored closely.
The 5th Annual Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity will be awarding a total of 17 saddles to the champions of all futurity divisions and select horse show class champions! Buckles will also be awarded to all champions! Thank you to all of the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity sponsors who make the awards possible. We'll be featuring and thanking each of them as we countdown to Reno 2021!
Jorge Jonez by Travelin Jonez x PePelan ( NRCHA 29K multiple AQHA titles).
This has been a difficult breeding season. BUT....I have one from this cross coming for 2022! Bet Hes Black X Annies Free Whiskey.
Breeding with shipped semen:
I am sure that breeding farms and stallion stations know what Industry Standard Doses are for cooled shipped, frozen and farm dose semen. But do you? It is becoming increasingly important for you as a mare owner to educate yourself on just what a "dose" of semen should be. What is the minimum number of sperm/cells for a single dose of shipped cooled? The answer is 500 million, BUT they need to SHIP, 1 BIllion per dose. A farm dose or on site dose would be 500 million because they do not need to ship it. Ask the farm "how does this stallion ship" and listen closely. Some stallion's semen will live a long time, two, three days or even more, but just as many need to have that semen inseminated within 24 hours or less. Many times when I have asked that question they will answer that they prefer to do counter to counter or "fly It' because that stallion does not ship well with overnite services like Fedex. Ask your vet how the motility was when he checked it after AI. Almost all vets will hold back a few drops to look at in under a microscope and get a visual. The number that comes on the stallion report is sometimes a lot higher than what you actually receive, but sometimes it is pretty darn good. I have received several shipments in the last couple of years with NO stallion report in the box or else a very brief report that didn't tell me much. I recently called about a stud at a well know station that I have used before and like. The office manager gave me actual numbers of his stallion breeding reports for the last week and she told me they don't send less than 1 billion in a single dose. They don't send a half dose of 500 million, which has become commonplace. I sent in a contract. If you don't know the questions to ask, you are setting yourself up for failure. Do not assume they will automatically send you an Industry standard dose. I have made that mistake, in thinking that they will be fair and honest and that they are professionals, unfortunately that is not always the case. I understand that every time a stallion collects it may not always be up to par, I understand that they have many orders to fill and may not have a good collection or simply too many orders, but if they cannot send a standard MINIMUM dose then they need to notify you before shipping. Period. If they can send you a deep horn dose it has to be of a certain volume and concentration and you should be made aware of that ahead of time. Maybe you would chose to have them send frozen. Regardless, if there are issues with the semen quality they need to give you a heads up. We are buying breedings not lottery tickets. I just lost about $4,300 in breeding fee, chute fee, counter to counter fees, shipping fee and Flushing fees because of very poor communication from the stallion manger/owner and a sub standard shipped semen dose with poor motility. It was for ET on an aged mare. I had her timed and primed and then I get a horrible dose of semen. I won't get that money back. They charged me $875 for shipping on that dose. They knew better, because as I said, they know what a standard shipped dose should be. #blindsided #creshaaaron #aaronranch #CNYRHA
Breeding with Shipped Cooled Semen. Don't overlook the importance of not just selecting that wonderful champion stallion but you are also selecting a stallion station ASK QUESTIONS!
In order to insure that you will receive a breeding dose of equine shipped cooled semen, the farm needs to send 1 billion per dose because it is estimated that only 500 million may arrive and that is a minimum breeding dose. This year I have run into unscrupulous mangers sending 500 million or less in a dose which means I probably only received 250 million in that dose. And then only a single dose. You may have seen the stallion owner/manger bragging on FB about sending out 17 boxes in one day on one stallion. How do you think they do that? When your vet opens the box PLEASE ask him for his evaluation of the shipment and PLEASE give feedback to the shipper. Getting a dose of 25% of a standard breeding dose that is almost void of swimmers is not what you contracted for. And shame on those same shippers for bragging about numbers of boxes shipped. I want to hear about numbers of pregnancies'. I wasn't buying a box, I was buying a breeding to your stallion. Since posting yesterday, I have received numerous texts and messages. It seems this has become a serious and unfortunately, a commonplace issue. From now on I will ask specific questions about "breeding doses" that farm strives to send and what it draws the line on and considered to be not a viable dose. I do have a couple farms that have always been fantastic. The Ranch Equine is wonderful for one. I know that there are others. but if you see the stallion owner bragging about big numbers of boxes shipped on one stallion in one day, beware. I think it has become standard practice for some of these farms, because no one says anything. We all act like we don't have the right to question a bad dose. Really?! Speak up, get your vet to write a letter if need be. These farms that are not practicing good management need to be held accountable. Speak up.
This is my trainer, Adam Blackmon in Merritt, BC on my two year old stud colt, PePe Merada. Adam and his wife Jess are a great team, and I never worry about my horses being rushed in training or not being taken care of. PePe will actually be two in two weeks from when this video is made. As you can see, he is doing very well. I have a Travelin Jonez foal coming that will be a maternal sibling to PePe.
Pic A Pepto by One Time Pepto out of Hickorys Dual Pic, Limited Open Derby Champion Canadian Snaffle Bit and 4th place in the Open. Pickles! Shown by Adam Blackmon, bred and owned by Stillwater Quarter Horses
This is Lay It Down Sally by Blind Sided. Canadian Snaffle Bit Futurity. With Adam Blackmon. LOOK AT HER HOCKS!
Lay It Down Sally by Blind Sided out of Hickorys Dual Pic.
Pic A Pepto, 2020 Limited Open Derby Champion and 4th in the Open at Canadian Snaffle Bit. Ridden by Adam Blackmon
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Pic A Pepto,One Time Pepto X Hickorys Dual Pic X Docs Hickory, proudly owned and bred by Susan Melchert, Stillwater Quarter Horses and ridden by Adam Blackmon, AB Performance Horses of Merritt, BC, 2020 Limited Open Canadian Snaffle Bit Derby Champions.
NRCHA SALE OBSERVATION: Im my opinion, the NRCHA Futurity Sale should have been called the NCHA/NRCHA Perferrred Sale. Because it was stacked with NCHA sires and dams. I would bet money that the majority of buyers were "cutters" and the majority of sellers were "cutters". You might say who cares. Well for one the straight cow horse sires took a beating. The trouble with this sale as it stands now, is it that the stats from this sale will be tabulated as "Cow Horse Sales", but most of them will never go down the fence. Think about that.
Cowtown Futurity and Derby, Alberta, Canada. Pickles is finally getting it all together thanks to Adam Blackmon. Scores were consistent, 144 Cow, 142 Herd and 143 Rein. Some just take longer than others. Thank you Adam for believeing in her and thank for all the extra time and care. We have just begun to tap into all she has to offer.
Pic A Pepto
by One Time Pepto and out of my good mare, Hickory's Dual Pic
Iced Whiskey and his trainer/owner, Lee Bielefeldt. Futurity time is fast approaching. It seems like only yesterday Chilly left for Arizona. Yes, Tina Bielefeldt time really does fly. Beautiful photos, thanks for always keeping me in the loop.
I have two fillies for sale BY this guy. No, not Chris Dawson! Silly. The other guy, Travelin Jonez. Full sisters, out of a great Dual Smart Rey mare, NRCHA producer, whose dam was the 1997 Res, NCHA Open Fut. Champ. I'll post a photo of the two year old in the comments. Her name is Bridget Jonez. Which ever one sells, I'll keep the other. They are gorgeous and athletic and very intelligent. They are almost identical.
Susie, aka Delights Starla, is at it again! She is making her new owner happy! Susie was raised by Stillwater Quarter Horses, went on to win the MRCHF non pro Futurity and numerous other titles earning around $12k in two years at smaller shows. This is her new owner and I am guessing her first show with her. The dam, CS Equalizer Delight, of this filly has been a producer of AQHA, NRHA and NRCHA show horses. I currently have a bay yearling filly out of her by Rockin W. This could well be the last foal out of this mare as she is getting aged. PM me for details. MARE POWER.
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