I want to breed my mare and I'm not sure what colour stud to breed her too. She's a blue roan and I really would like a blue roan paint.?



Color is the LAST reason why you should be breeding your mare, Emily. What has the mare done in her life? Does she have a show record? If so, what has she won or achieved? What is her conformation? Does she have any hereditary or genetic defects that she could potentially pass to a foal? This includes things like HYPP, a common genetic disorder found in Quarter Horses and Paints, and HERDA, which is also found in Quarter Horses, particularly those of the Poco Bueno line. It also includes other issues, such as mares with "tipped" pelvises or vulvas, as well as mares which were sired by stallions that were or are cryptorchids. Most of these problems make mares unsuitable for breeding, period. Mares which have histories of other disorders, such as colic, ulcers, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) or infections of the reproductive tract also are not good candidates for breeding and should not be bred. If your mare isn't in any of these categories, then you need to consider other things before you decide to breed her. Do you have the space for her to be able to foal safely, and to raise the foal? Are you familiar with the foaling process, and can you help your mare if she needs it? Do you know the stages of labor, and what to expect with each one? Can you recognize foaling EMERGENCIES, and do you know what to DO and how to help the mare until the vet can arrive? Have you handled or worked with foals before? Can you recognize the signs of birth injuries or neonatal ILLNESS, and do you know what to do about them? You need to ask yourself these things and THINK long and hard about the answers before you go ahead. Breeding a mare is a huge INVESTMENT of time, MONEY(stud fees aren't cheap, and neither are all the costs involved in supporting a mare through her pregnancy and delivery) and emotion. It's also a HUGE responsibility, and not for the faint of heart, because there are lots of things that can go wrong at every stage of the process. Are you prepared to face the possibility of LOSING your mare, the foal, or BOTH of them, if complications develop? Again, this is something you need to THINK ABOUT before you go ahead. I'm not saying don't breed- I'm saying that you need to be SENSIBLE about this, and if you elect to breed, you need to do it for some other reason besides just wanting a cute roan paint baby. It takes a lot of time and hard work, not to mention emotional and financial commitment, to raise a foal to maturity. Make sure that you're going into this with your eyes open and your head on straight. That's all I'm trying to say.


Two things suggest that you are not sincere in your question: 1. Your concern for colour. That shows you have much to learn. 2. Your choice of Yahoo Answers as a source for information. BUY a blue roan Paint that you can ride now, rather than waiting five years. Leave the breeding work to those with deep pockets and professional commitment, or to those with even more stars in their eyes than you have. Perhaps you do not have a real mare at all, but instead a Breyer horse or something in a fantasy computer game. In that case, whatever you do will be just fine.

River Hess

The only thing i can think of is a stallion that is tested to throw paints

partly cloudy

Oh Lordy, for the love of God..do not breed your little horse. 150,000 horses a year are sent to a horrible death by humans in America. Perhaps you could find the color of your dreams in a kill pen? I'm sorry...but no one wants your foal if it is not the right color. Thanks.


Don't breed just for color. Breed for conformation and temperament first, and then for color. Color genetics are difficult, especially to get a roan pinto. You might be better off searching for a horse that already meets your criteria. There's no guarantee you're going to get what you want when you breed.

Elaine M

What do you know about HER parents colors? And the potential stud's parents colors? The genetics uses 2 generations on each side, not just parents.

Judy and the Beast

Eyeroll. Troll.


I am well aware of all the health concerns and risks. Along with the costs of everything. I know my mare's registered name, her parents and grandparents and great-grandpartents and so on. I also know her breeder very very well and I have worked personally with both of her parents and some of siblings. (whether half or full) Coat colour isn't a huge priority to me. That is just the colour I would prefer. ANY other colour would be just fine. I want to breed my mare because of her temperament, her build/height and her accomplishments in the show ring. I just wanted to know colours so I could start choosing studs that could possibly throw a roan paint. Again, COLOUR DOES NOT MATTER TO ME. Once I pick a couple studs that's when I'd really start getting into those studs' temperament. Thank you