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FEATURED BREEDER; March 2007:

6 Shoe Quarter Horses, Sturgis MS

raising Hancock and Blue Valentine-bred
using-type quarter horses with family-type personalities



Blues Kingfisher, 1977 model, above age 28, now age 30

Our specialty is in raising Hancock and Blue Valentine-bred, using-type quarter horses with family-type personalities. 6 Shoe Quarter Horses is home to 2 stallions. We own & offer both live cover and shipped semen on Mr Blue Tom Hancock, a blue roan son of Blues Kingfisher. We also have Blues Kingfisher here with us, who is an elder own son of Blue Valentine, owned by Charley Mahler of Allen, Nebraska.

Mr Blue Tom Hancock he has natural cow instinct and seemed to really enjoy being in the roping pen. He hasn't roped in several years but maybe one day he can compete again.


Mr Blue Tom Hancock

Why did we choose the Blue Valentine bloodline? PERSONALITY! They are just a pleasure to be around. Tom's and Kingfisher's colts have been easy to get started under saddle and have plenty of good horse sense. They love to be around people and easily become one of the family. The colts have speed and natural cow instinct. The offspring are being used on ranches, roping and barrel classes along with being just a good family horse.


Blues Kingfisher, age 30. Bred by Hyde Merritt, WY


"I need to get a good picture of Kingfisher playing with Tom. More like aggravating the crap out of him, I think. They have side by side lots, with a large alley between the two lots. You can't help but get tickled at him. He bows up, struts, lopes around, bucks, snorts. Gets Tom all excited. Then I swear you can see this smirk on Kingfisher's face as he walks back to his room to stand under the fan. Poor Tom. It's fun to watch ole Kingfisher play." ~ Mary Scruggs


We also made a life long friend in the process of owning several Blue Valentine mares. We met Charley Mahler and owe him many thanks for the opportunity to know Blues Kingfisher. It has just been a pleasure being around both of them. Charley bought Kingfisher and several mares in 1993. He didn't have to use a teasing horse. He just opened the gate and Kingfisher would go with him to check the mares. Charley has several Blue Valentine stallions that he stands to the public. One is an own son of Kingfisher and the other is Royal Blue Hancock, a 46.875% Blue Valentine. He also has several young studs that are coming along that will be crossed on his daughters of Blues Kingfisher.



Blues Kingfisher & 2006 daughter, Rosie

Many equine owners have older horses they would like to breed but have trouble getting the mare in foal. The best advice is to work with an equine veterinarian that specializes in reproduction or has experience in that area. Embryo transfer and In Vitro Fertilization (and even cloning!) are expensive and most people just can't afford these techniques. We used the following affordable procedure with Blues Kingfisher and 2 maiden mares.

I would like to thank Dr. Hopper for helping me write about the procedures used along with Drs Christiansen and Smith. Everyone in the Equine Reproduction group at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Starkville, MS had a hand in getting Hoppers Blue Easter and Kingfishers Rose here. We use CVM for all breeding and collection.

First Dr. Hopper had to monitor the mare closely, because with Kingfisher's age (27yo) there had been a natural decline in fertility and it was decided that the best chance for success was to breed her close to her expected ovulation and to utilize a technique that places the sperm very deep in the mare's uterus and close to the site of fertilization. When the mare was in estrus (heat) she was examined by ultrasound to evaluate the ovarian follicle. When the follicle was at a stage that would respond to HCG (a hormone that induces or hastens ovulation) she was given that as an injection. Ovulation should then occur within 48 hours and they continued to monitor her with the plan that Kingfisher, who had been "rested" (not collected or allowed to breed for 7 days), would then be collected the following day. After Kingfisher was collected the semen was evaluated microscopically and then mixed with an extender and centrifuged. This concentrated the semen. It was then re-mixed with a small amount of extender and prepared for insemination. Then the mare was prepared and bred with the semen placed by the method referred to as "deep horn insemination. The mare was checked the following day to ensure she had ovulated.

On day 18, we finally had a picture of little Easter and Rosie. It was a long 18 days and everyone was staring at the monitor waiting to see a big black blob that would indicate a fetus. It's hope for the owners of older mares and stud horses to get that "one last baby."




Lee & Mary Scruggs own 6 Shoe Quarter Horses, & live near Sturgis MS






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