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Stallion to mare size??

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Dorthy Brown
Breeding Stock
Username: Dodib

Post Number: 562
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 04:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a yearling CLydesdale colt-- pretty sure I am keeping him intact won't be definate until after the BIG draft show at MSU in Oct
When i stand him I do not want to stand him JUST to CLydesdale mares-- I would like to hope people with other breeds might consider to breed to him for a sport horse type foal. Of course will not be standing him for at the very least a couple years most likely longer than that but still thinking about it
My question/ concern is size-- he is already about 16.2 as a yearling -- will a "regular" size mare be ok having a foal by a big draft?? So far he is not a hitch type-- he is very long legs and is actually very athletic( can jump too high--not good for me keeping him in the fence) But I need to know what the cut off should be.... could a 14 hand haflinger built horse be ok having a foal by a large draft? Would a narrow 15.2 hand Thoroubred be ok..... or a stock horse inbetween.................. I know there are no hard and fast rules on it but opinions would be appreciated--. and the concern is for the birth and size of the foal not the actual breeding. Although I will do some in hand live cover he will be trained to collect
opinions would be appreciated. I know they say the mare determines the of the foal at birth but I do not want to push the issue and do anything dangerous for a mare
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 4227
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 04:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

this is probably more a matter of personal opinion, than it will be cold hard facts. Most people I know won't breed their mares much *taller* than they are...and those people (including me) wouldn't breed to something that is going to have massive bone structure. I breed minis now, and size makes a difference, but even when I had biggies, I tried to stay close to the mare's size. I would think that if they are relatively the same build, (bone structure wise) I would breed a taller stallion to a smaller mare. Funny you should use haflinger as an example....I have a haffie mare who is very short but weighs in at 1200 lbs...she is wide as a train and has a nice hip...I'd breed her to a clyde and not worry any day of the week....but if she were any other build, probably not.
 

Dorthy Brown
Breeding Stock
Username: Dodib

Post Number: 563
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 04:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok so in your opinion I should worry more about build and not necessarily height?? It will obviously be the mare owners coming to me but I certainly want to be a responsible person and turn away someone if I think it could be an issue-- like a narrow arabian but I really need to put some thought into this on a cut off point ya know. I personally would have no issue breeding a 14.1 stock horse to a 17 hand stock horse... so I guess its more the build I am thinking and concerned about. I know people that look to put bone and height on the foal but again I need to try to come up with some cut offs... in height and size/structure
anyone know any "recent" studies that I could read
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 4228
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 06:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If anything is going to get STUCK, it is usually due to bone mass, not length or height of the foal. Big chunky heads, knees and shoulders just dont fit thru tiny pelvis's!! LOL
 

Karen Knight
Weanling
Username: Sparkskaren

Post Number: 50
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 02:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A stud local to me puts her 16h2" warmblood stallion on her 12h2" welsh ponies trying to produce dressage ponies. dont think there has been any problems yet.
 

Holly
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 2531
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012 - 09:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I second what Diana said.
I would NEVER breed a draft to a Welsh mare. However if the welsh was the stallion, to draft mare I would have no issue.



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