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True or false, maiden mares.....

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Tiffcrum
Weanling
Username: Tiffcrum

Post Number: 30
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Monday, April 06, 2009 - 08:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have heard from several sources of late, that the maiden mares first foal is generally inferior to following foals.
Personally I dont believe this, but does anyone know what this is based on? Or how people come to this conclusion.

Thanks
 

Beth Walker
Yearling
Username: Bbhorses

Post Number: 92
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Monday, April 06, 2009 - 11:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have heard the same thing but I do not know what they are basing that on. My own personal experiences say it is not true. Some of our biggest and best foals have come from maiden mares. One of our maidens first foal became a 2-time World Champion Halter horse, her second foal out of the same breeding was a smaller foal and not the quite the same quality. So I really do not believe it, but it will be interesting to hear what experiences others have had with their maidens.
 

Ad TB
Breeding Stock
Username: Ajvtbs

Post Number: 245
Registered: 01-2009
Posted on Monday, April 06, 2009 - 12:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Usually our maiden mares do produce smaller foals sometimes they have caught up in size by the time they are sold as yearlings. I don't know the reason why but I think I heard that it had something to do with the size of the uterus. I'm not sure if there is any scientific proof of this. From personal experience they do come out smaller but this doesn't seem to affect their ability. I breed Thoroughbreds and have had a good few winners from maiden mares.
 

Terry Waechter P.R.E. foals
Breeding Stock
Username: Watchman

Post Number: 561
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Monday, April 06, 2009 - 11:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have had 6 maiden mares foal in the last 3 years...two foals were small at birth but caught up by yearling year. Two foals were very very tall. All 6 foals were good quality and the variations among them were related to pedigree lines, sex, and physicality of parents. I don't think maidens produce inferior foals

Here are some examples of first foals:
[IMG]http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x58/terryberry_bucket/VP5M5539-01.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x58/terryberry_bucket/P1000814.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x58/terryberry_bucket/P1000786.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x58/terryberry_bucket/VP5M5738-01.jpg[/IMG]
 

beverly cabot
Nursing Foal
Username: Pulsations

Post Number: 14
Registered: 06-2009
Posted on Wednesday, December 02, 2009 - 07:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

my mare has had four babies , all by great studs(world and congress companions) her best baby was her first one. All babies are awesome but she is world class.
 

Michelle Z
Neonate
Username: Iberianmareinri

Post Number: 8
Registered: 10-2009
Posted on Wednesday, December 02, 2009 - 11:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Terry, love those babies!
 

Tina
Weanling
Username: Hotti

Post Number: 39
Registered: 10-2009
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 - 12:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i have found they are smaller at birth..but soon catch up later!!
 

Terry Waechter P.R.E. foals
Breeding Stock
Username: Watchman

Post Number: 896
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 07:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

thank you Michelle...

we are going to have two maidens foal this year also...Eneida and Preciosa...

The small babies are easy on the mare at foaling time and do seem to catch up....one caveat...they never seem to sell the first year as buyers don't trust they will be gorgeous in a short time. LOL



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