Jos or Kathy, would appreciate some advice. If I were to pick up some recipient mares for my warmblood ET, should I be most concerned about pelvic width being similar to that of my warmblood or does one also need to consider room in the belly and height too? Currently, I have 3 TB mares that I want to use, but would like to pick up 6 more mares. Most mares offered in my location are quarterhorses about 15-15.2 hands, but considered to be a "solid" build. Would be a shame to let these mares go to undesirable places due to financial hardships of their owners. My warmbloods range in height from 15.3 to 16.3 hands, but the ones I would consider for ET are not really "big" despite being leggy with a fair bit of blood in them.
Ideally one will have recip. mares that are approximately the same size as the donor mares. If that is not possible, then you don't need to worry too much about height, as the legs fold up pretty effectively - although you will need to be more conscious of correct mare nutrition to avoid congenital leg defects. Pelvic opening diameter would be more of a concern to ensure that you're not headed for dystocia issues when comparing chest and hip height and width of the foal to the pelvic opening.
I wouldn't worry too much about a donor mare being 15.3 and the recip. being 15.2, but 16.3 to a 15 hh mare would probably concern me!
You said: I wouldn't worry too much about a donor mare being 15.3 and the recip. being 15.2, but 16.3 to a 15 hh mare would probably concern me!
I agree!! Ouch!
Thankfully, the tallest one is young and can carry her own monsters. ;) It buys me a few years with which to find a nice big TB mare to receipient for her.
Thank you for the response, I really appreciate it! Gives me more info with which to make the right decisions, especially after the vet's assessment of their pelvis.
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