Opinions on Foundation Progression
I'm nearing a point where I feel like I should start culling my original crop of foundation horses in order to only continue with the best of the best. I'm curious: for those that breed from foundations, where do you like to see your horses stat/level-wise by mid-age/early teens? I have a few that are stunningly behind others their same age, with the same amount of showing.
2/19/2021 8:02 am
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So I may not have the best stock to compare to but my older foundies (age 16) are Dressage discipline and are levels 23 to 25. They have not been consistently shown and most have pretty fair to poor conformation.
I weed out my foundies as I produce 2nd gen foals with desirable colors. But everyones programs are different. :)
Good luck with yours!
2/19/2021 3:39 pm
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Mid-teens I want to see them at least level 30 or so. It's hard with foundations because their BS comes more into play when showing. Usually, when I know I'll get a training boost of, at minimum, 8 on the foals, I'll breed the foundations then continue showing until their foals age up. Then I retire them.
2/19/2021 8:48 pm
I appreciate the feedback, guys!
2/19/2021 11:09 pm
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I don't worry at all about the level of my foundations. It depends on the specific breeding program I'm doing with them and how many I pull from the store. When I do large pulls, my poor horses "boost up" my less poor horses lol. In smaller programs my foundies usually get squashed for a while from more established stock from other players. It depends on the discipline and what other players are doing too. When the Vanner's came out my foundies did super well since a ton of other players had the same idea so I was able to "ride the wave" in the shows for a long time and have equal competition. Take something else that doesn't have many entries and your horses won't get as many points.
My general purpose for my foundies is to breed something better. I breed them young and whenever they decide to give me a foal with good color and BS is when I retire them. I do all of my
2/20/2021 8:32 am
Thanks for your input, StormHeart! Maybe I'll just keep chugging along with my crummy ponies, then, since I've been consistent with them so far. Maybe they'll surprise me and throw lovely kiddos! :P
2/26/2021 10:21 am
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Idk if you're still looking for answers but I also don't think too much about the levels of my foundies! No matter what, if you've shown them regularly, when you breed them their foals will have a TB and that will make them better than their parents. With the foals, then I start thinking about levels, but with foundies I try to wait until they're around level 50 — but some of 'em never get there, and that's okay too. Personally I start breeding the next gen around 18 which gives me several shots for the foal I want. But with foundies, keep chuggin' along and their babies will be better than them!
2/26/2021 4:30 pm
Always looking for more answers! ;) Thank you for yours. Here's to praying something positive comes out of the ones 20 levels behind the rest by the time they hit 18, lol.