Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 12:48 pm:
I would appreciate some advice on this...
Is it safe to breed a 17 hand stallion to a 15 hand mare? I have heard that the foal only grows to a size that the mare could safely deliver. Is this true?
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 11:19 pm:
Michele- Yes, that is true. Some exceptions might be a large colt with wide shoulders, or an especially leggy colt. In these cases, attending the foaling will help to aleviate any problems when presented. An experienced attendant could recognize when the mare needed assitance, and help position the foal for delivery.
I would agree. We let our 16.1hh colt summer out with two mares and would have been happy if he put them infoal. He did, and one of the mares was a 14hh Connemara who produced a lovely foal the following year. Our 'then' colt has now become a lovely 17.2hh Stallion! I will say that he is Dutch bred, is narrower of his hips than a Draught and not deep through his girth. We find that stallion conformation plays a part. We did have a Thoroughbred sire which seemed to bring about difficult foalings. He was deep girthed, but as well as this, his foals did look big at birth. Could a genetic factor cause this?
Janet George Posted From: 18.104.22.168
Posted on Sunday, May 23, 2004 - 08:09 am:
My reservation would be with natural cover if the stallion was a big chap. My RID stallion is 17 hh with 10 inches of bone. The smallest mares we have used him on were 15.2hh
No problems with the 15.2 RID mare - she's built like a brick. But on a 15.2 TB mare, the mare was visibly uncomfortable with his weight and I certainly wouldn't risk it on a smaller TB or lightweight mare.
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