Hi, i have a 9 year old 149cms anglo european arab, she has excellent dressage bloodlines and is pink papered. i would like to put her with a dressage stallion. What height stallion would i have to put her with if i would like the foal to be around 15.3/16h or is that not possible because of her height?
I have been breeding draft crosses...and this situation comes up often. I will tell you what I've learned...genetics are a crapshoot! When breeding a larger stallion to a smaller mare..I've gotten a foal that ended up smaller than either parent...a foal that will be larger than either parent....and one that is the same size as the dam! You may get one that is larger than the dam, but don't expect an "average" of something between the two parents height...genetics does not work that way..you may get it, but no guarantees. I have a 15 hand mare currently in foal to 18 hand stallion. I'm sure hoping the foal matures to the 17 hand range...but know not to count my chickens!!! LOL
I do know that breeding a small mare to a larger stud will not increase your chance of foaling difficulties....It's been proven that mares won't give birth to foals too big for them to birth and I know I've never had any mare have a problem with a foal too big for her. This is not true with mini's (they can have a foal too large), but regular horses sizes adjust the newborns size to fit them and if the foal is going to be big...it does it's growing outside of it's mom.
Yeah, breeding to a height is pretty tricky unless each parent has generations of relatively the same size horses behind them and you can still always get a throw back to genetic height... there there in hybrid vigor to take into account, in that cross breed often get bigger etc. The nutrition of the mare while in foal, after foaling and the nutrition re the growing bub too until it becomes a mature horse. I have a shetland cross Arabian colt who has a 14.1hh Mum who genetically should be bigger (she was a twin) and dad is 9.2hh... he is bigger than one of my Gypsy Cob x Welsh ponies who has a 15.1hh sire and 12.2hh mare... you would assume the filly was going to be bigger but no... Aladdin is defiantly the larger of the two
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