breeding a mare with an offset foreleg

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    02-18-2008, 06:38 AM
breeding a mare with an offset foreleg

im new to this... just wondering what every1 thinks bout breeding a mare with an offset foreleg, it is not bad but it is still offset? Wondering how likely it is that the foal would b born with an offset leg to? I have been told that 90% of the genes come from the mare??
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    02-18-2008, 06:48 AM
What exactly do you mean by an offset foreleg? I'm of the school of thought that if she has a severe conformation fault, she shouldn't be bred at all. There is a VERY good chance the foal will not only get that, but some other conformation fault associated with it. There just aren't any stallions with genes strong enough to overwrite serious issues.

I know there's been some resarch suggesting mares actually DO have more genetic influence over their foals, but it's no where near 90%. Maybe more like 55-60%?
There's always been a myth about foals inheriting way more traits from their mother but this doesn't make scientific sense regarding genes and really only refers to temperament etc. Which makes sense if you think about it because a foal is socialised by its dam.

Anyway, if this mare has a fault, why would you breed her? Breeding should be about putting 'the best to the best and hoping for the best'. Only the VERY best of the breed should be allowed to spread their genes. There's an overpopulation of horses at the moment without anyone adding to it with more mediocre breedings. No offence. I'd love to see some pictures of the 'offset leg'?
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    02-18-2008, 06:56 AM
I think you need to calm down! I was only asking for an opinion, a vet will tel me the real answer. Yes she has a conformation fault, it is an offset fore leg. Instead of her leg going straight down it goes slightly inward. It is only a problem for showing, but I want her for showjumping, that's why I got her coz her leg wont affect the purpose I want her for. Honestly to tell you the truth, you wouldnt b able to see it from as photo, that's how insagnifficant it is. I want to breed from her because she has awsome jumping lines.
    02-18-2008, 06:57 AM
In my opinion you'd better not to bred her. In our stable there is a mare with two laxed, elongated fetlock joints on the backlegs with her foal with the same fault. The joint of the mare began to lax when she was 7 years old, but the foal's legs began to deform when she was only 4 yeras old, so she has never been ridden on. It's sad because the foal is very-very beautiful and they're from a "very good" Holstein sporthorse line. Their owner is so disappointed that he comes to visit his horses only once or twice a year...
    02-18-2008, 07:09 AM
Thanks for ur advise! Im really not sure at this stage what il do.
    02-18-2008, 07:30 AM
And of course you shold ask your vet and your blacksmith also.
    02-18-2008, 01:05 PM
I'm with Kyani on this one... only conformationally correct horses that will improve the next generation should be bred.

It might not affect her, but what if she throws a foal with a worse fault than hers? It's more than possible, and I wouldn't want to take the chance, personally.
    02-18-2008, 03:19 PM
I guess it kind of depends on whether this is a conformation fault or a birth which case I would look at her ancestors.
    02-18-2008, 03:42 PM
I agree with what has been said about conformationally correct horses breeding. If your horse has an offset leg why would you want to chance those traits being passed on, ESPECIALLY if you want to use the horse for jumping. I would pass on breeding your mare.
    02-18-2008, 05:32 PM
I also agree with Kyani. I agree with Sara too, but it might be hard to tell if it is conformational or birth related.

I was faced with a similar situation last summer (someone wanted to trade a gelding we were trying to sell for a mare with a turned in foreleg. I have a stallion, so the only reason I would take a mare on trade, would be if she was a good mare to breed to at some point. I have worked closely with the people offering the trade, and did not want to be rude, so I am so glad I posted pictures of that mare here. People pointed out issues with her legs - as well as other parts of her. I don't regret listening to the advice I was given here. Our current mare is very lovely, sweet, and correct - I would much rather pass that on.

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