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For most breeders, heritability ratios matter less than the main point: characteristics that contribute to performance can be inherited. So the important question becomes: "What traits do you select for if you want to breed a better horse or one with greater potetial?"
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Crestline Farm breeds genetically superior horses. We take into account the elements that are necessary for success in the ring and soundness on the journey.

The Genetic Advantage-
As breeders, our goal is to produce talented horses with sound body and mind. While handling and feeding both play critical roles in young horse development, a sound, well chosen genetic basis should be the cornerstone of all top breeding programs.

While we never forget that a mare contributes half the genetics of a foal, a breeding stallion has the potential to use his genetic influence to a much greater degree than a mare does simply due to the numbers of offspring he can produce in his lifetime. When selecting Palladio we kept a clear view of traits that were assets to our program while also keeping a critical eye to avoid traits that we felt should not be found in a breeding stallion.

In these days of AI it is very common for us as mare owners never to see that stallion we choose in person. With shopping from videotape many things can be hidden or never addressed that we feel should be in our quest to produce sound, athletic foals. Our goal is to provide as much information on our tape as possible and be sure that any necessary information is available to mare owners who are not able to travel to see Palladio in person.

One of the most obvious things that people take for granted is that all breeding stallions have perfectly straight legs or move correctly without winging or paddling. Video camera angles can be very good at hiding these imperfections. Believe it or not, horses can make it through the 100-Day Test or various other approvals and still show these imperfections. The first thing we looked at in critiquing Palladio was the straightness of his legs, and the correctness of his gaits. Closely following that was looking for all the proper angles in his legs and body. No one wants a foal with crooked legs. Obviously the mare can contribute imperfections here but with so many stallions to pick from, choosing straight legs and correct movement definitely helps set the stage for a foal that will stay sound enough to endure a long successful performance career.

Next on our list of "must haves" was a temperament of pure gold. There are many wild stallions out there…in fact, some registries prefer them. Not at our farm! I wanted a stallion that was safe to handle, easy to ride, and trustworthy. If that means that fire doesn't shoot from his nose…so be it. There are so many crazy horses out there doesn't the world deserve a few more forgiving ones. Palladio has exceeded everyone's expectations here…even my own! Since we bought him before he was started under saddle, I could only hope that his kind temperament and great ground manners would transfer into a quiet, yet responsive, riding horse. Palladio exemplifies why the warmblood horse has become such a smashing success in the show arena. Talent only gets you so far if you don't have a great brain to work with.

A horse with good feet also appeared on our list. Do all mare owners ask about the feet of the stallion they are considering for breeding…probably not….but they should! The old saying "No foot, no horse" is as true today as it ever was. How often do you hear of horses that can't be ridden or need special shoeing because of foot problems. I have heard discussion about some horses, including breeding stallions, whose feet simply crumble under the wear and tear of daily work. Sure there are supplements and special shoeing but our preference was to produce horses with great feet…ones that can be ridden barefoot regularly and not have it be an issue. When we started Palladio under saddle he was barefoot for the first several weeks. It wasn't until he was taking regular trail rides on rocky trails that we decided to shoe him for protection. Palladio grows a very nice strong foot with a great deal of heel. We are content keeping Palladio shod in a plain basic shoe to protect him from the rigors of trail riding and are happy knowing there is a great solid foundation to our horse.

Degenerative bone disorders are also a hot topic these days. For some reason, it is not standard practice for stallion owners to screen their stallions for OCD as is required by the KWPN Registry. We think the KWPN practice makes perfect sense and should be a more common practice. While the causes of OCD problems are still debated as being genetic or environmentally based, enough evidence shows a genetic link for me to find radiographs an important piece of the puzzle. We made certain at the time of our pre-purchase exam of Palladio that full x-rays were analyzed by both Palladio's home veterinarian in Holland as well as our farm veterinarian here. We are happy to report that Palladio checked out with perfect x-rays. It is further interesting to note that his dam, Jorinde earned her ELITE status with the KWPN and that the final requirement for this designation is a clean radiographic examination.

I feel it is also worth mentioning that Palladio is still completely clean legged at age 5. He does not have unsightly splints or blemishes that often appear on horses with a heavy workload. We feel this speaks volumes about his durability and correct conformation. We fell in love with the substance and topline that he could bring to our mares but we never forget the many genetic components that must be in place to produce lifelong competition horses.

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