I am thinking of breeding my TB mare, but have some general questions. When choosing a stallion, should I look for a stud that has traits that offset hers (ie- she is high strung, so should I find a very calm stud)? And if so, how does this work? How much of the sire's/ dam's temperment goes into the foal? Is it 50/50, or completely random? Thanks.
Posted on Saturday, January 03, 2004 - 02:04 pm:
You should always look for a stallion that will compliment your mare's traits. If your mare is high strung, I wouldn't go with a high strung stallion. I'm not sure how much percentage wise goes into the foals as for their temperaments. A lot of it I believe has to do with the mare, considering that is who the foal learns from. If you have a flighty mare, the foal will be somewhat flighty also, because he is learning that trait from his mother. But of course that can be changed once the foal has been weaned. But if you're breeding two "hot blooded" horses together, it is going to be harder to calm the foal once it is weaned, because then you are dealing with the genetics of the foal instead of just behavior learned from the mother.
Posted on Saturday, January 03, 2004 - 11:34 pm:
I would suggest you find a calm stallion that has what you want for your mare. I wouldn't breed to a "hot" stallion unless I had a mare that had no personality and needed some pizazz. Also, is she high strung just under saddle? If so, the foal wouldn't pick up/learn it from her anyway. I've only had 7 foals, but my experience has been that they are who they are and don't learn that much from their Mom's in terms of personality.
You don't say what breed of sire you hope to breed to. I just bred a TB to a Warmblood stallion. Marijane Malouin is a breeding expert that has formulated a breeding chart to help figure it out. List the mares faults. Next to these faults rate the stallions in that area 1-4. 1 being poor, 4 being very good. Marijane's website is www.Malouin.net
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