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The key for breeders who want to use finely tuned specialists for breeding stock is, first, to recognize the principal traits of the horses to whom they are breeding and, second, to decide how they want to direct their breeding and racing or sales program.

There is no point in a breeder thinking he wants to try to breed quick 2-year-olds or early-maturing 3-year-olds and then sending his mare to a light weight (E Type) turf performer who only won Grade 1 stakes at 12 furlongs on turf at ages 4 and 5.

That’s a recipe for disaster or, at least, slow horses.

But putting a breeder into a mode of analyzing his horses and his goals for breeding is the first major step in moving toward a rational program that can be tested and evaluated. And in time, it should yield very good results within the budget and environment where the breeder operates.

Once a breeder really understands his stock and what he wants to do with them, then he can cull with a purpose, replace mares for the right reasons, and plan matings that all are steps toward his goal.

This sort of rationalized breeding and operating plan is the basis of most highly successful breeding operations, whether they use biomechanics in their programs or not.

And thinking deeply about horses is a personally rewarding way of being involved with them and creating a program that offers a breeder more enjoyment and potentially more reward for the investment made to produce it.

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