I hope I did not offend you, because I did not mean to.
I fully understand, but I was referring when you were 45 minutes away from our farm at Henwoods. Had I known, Bill would have picked you up and given you our hospitality.
I also understand that people pay for your opinions, as it should be, you being a judge etc and having seen a lot and it is your profession.
But I am also referring to the Australian poster and still cant get over it that importers of stallions dont make them available publicly. Now had our importers here done this, can you imagine?
If the PS would be more reasonable and our smaller breeders could display their horses without mortgaging their souls first, then far more real good horses could be evaluated. All I see is people swarming around highly promoted stallions owners or Trainers of such and now are stuck. If we could see these
garden ornaments under saddle, even if it is only a display class without judging, a lot more can be accomplished.
I still find it very amazing that the SEs have changed so much, when this did not happen in the desert countries. We are now growing Shepherd dogs with rabbit hind legs sitting on the cannon bones, having hip displaesure in others,
and on and on and referring to the horses have not watched out either.
While it is my personal opinion about AI etc, it is honestly based on my
exeriences of breeding horses and the reason I bred them. At no time did I think, do or breed for a garden ornament, but for something the children of tomorrow can enjoy "on top of them". I watch the other breeds consistently, see how they market and what, and agree with their procedures. they breed horses, just as the Bedus did, and some of us original importers continue doing. And we, those imorters ,continue to educate the buyers, the newcommers, the laymans and STAND FIRM living up to the hard and well earned reputation..
Just look at the database and see what certain stallions produced, also in numbers. Its mindboggling and frightening. Often there is no rythm or rhyme either. then when I look at some 300 horses at the PS I often gasp for air.
This is UNREAL!. Then I wander around the stable areas and see SEs which are not shown at halter because the owners are not prepared to be shamed out of the gate, because they dont have that "In" type etc. At the same time I saw them having far superior SEs- HORSES!!!, not just dollheads which cant move. So forgive me please, but it is this knowledge which makes me speak out loud, keep warning and warning hoping some will listen.
If someone lives in Idaho or near Bois, go and see the nine SEs we just sent to them, "Two Mountain Ranch- Ray and Marcia Ellis in Nampa,Idaho"6 top mares, a weanling and two young colts. Now if any of you can tell us after that which mare is which, it would be great, because they are very uniform. too bad Liz you did not see them before they left or those we shipped to theUAE and those six we are going to ship to the UAE in October.
Now also look at this forum and how again some studs are promoted. Fortunately they are good horses, but are they also good under saddle? Can they compete in it, can we hear of their behavior, chickenhearts, tigers, stamina to boot, speed to be envious, kindness to the rider, stumble free or limping Luis.
you see, that is important to people who want to breed a good horse, a usefull horse. Just look at the lovely photo here on the forum. Parked out behind, neck set low, head between Pluto and Mars. Is this how you can judge a horse truly? I would have told the heandler"stand that horse up square and leave the head and neck alone".
I had a many times Tevis cup rider here, Ken Keele, who also bought from us two excellent broodmares. I let him ride four of horses for four days.
Each one is a top mover in my opinion and a kind horse. Yet each one is different under saddle. I pride myself saying to people coming here "Do you like to ride any of our stallions" to ascertain what they are like?
One he liked so much, Serenity Mujib an IbnKhofo son, so I sent him along for him to test in those mountenous areas around Sacramento, ca.
Now tell me, how many of our large breeders do that? Some wont even allow to have these stallions touched. Mine run free in a paddock and a child can handle or play with them.
then I hear that a stallion can get hurt when breeding naturally. Well, you can also slip on a banana skin and break your neck. When a Stallion is well trained he "Listens" and when one is experienced, seldom an accident will happen.
I also feel that this AI business was strictlyly invented to make lots of money fast. So it is violently defended. Again look at the database and see how many foals there are. Now count that in dollars and cents. And how many of them have done anything, other then continuing the bankroll.
If we want to preserve these SES, then we have to use common sense and honest tries, not just getting on badwaggons or kissing butt. We must present "tested" stallions to the public and honestly tell them what they are like and bring along genetically.
Another thing, I feel certain that you know where a good horse is. so do I, not all of them, but quite a few. May be this should be mentioend to prospective buyers and taken a good look at.
Again, just my humble opinion, no hard feelings and have a grand evening
Serenity Arabian Farms