Hi. My dilemma is that I have a fantastic 13.1hh pony mare, age 13, who possibly has Welsh or Arab somewhere in her breeding and has sadly been outgrown by my daughter. Our pony has such a wonderful temperament that we are considering breeding from her. Obviously I would like something bigger and I am unsure as to how big a stallion I can cross her with. My friend is at a livery yard where they regularly cross a 12.2 pony with a 15.1 Arab stallion without any problems. I have seen a gorgeous 16.3 Trakehner stallion and wonder if this partnership is just too risky to even contemplate. I don't know whether our pony has had a foal in the past. Has anyone had any experience of pony mare/larger stallion breeding? What was the outcome? Did the mare have any problems foaling? Should I set my sights a little lower? I would appreciate any advice on this subject.
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2004 - 12:39 pm:
Personally, I wouldn't use a stallion any more than 15.1 on this mare. Yes, people do put larger stallions on much smaller mares - and you hear about the successes. The people who have disasters don't talk about them! But ask any vet about foaling difficulties caused by the foal being too big!
Some people claim that the mare 'controls' the size of the foal - my vet would say, "I WISH!"
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 02:47 pm:
Thanks for your advice. I will take it into consideration when I'm looking for a stallion.
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Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 01:00 pm:
Sharon, I agree with Janet. Your friends may be using a 15.1 Arab on their pony mare without a problem, but Arabs tend to be much finer built than even other horses of the same height. While your mare is larger than your friends breeding her to a 16.3 warmblood could prove disasterous. Warmbloods tend to have substantial bone and if the foal inherits its build from the stud you could have problems. I once bought an 11 hand maiden pony mare for my daughter that was supposed to be open. I later found out that she had been running with a 15 hand TWH stud and by that time I had had her for several months and the pregnancy was too far advanced to do anything about. I spend many, many, many sleepless nights in the barn as she appeared near foaling. She eventually had the foal and had it on her own without need for assistance (I was there but not needed). The problem came when the foal was less than three months old and already taller than his dam and couldn't get down to nurse without getting on his knees like a baby goat. I would think a stud no larger that 15.2 with a good stout build would give you plenty of size in your foal. Good luck regardless.
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