Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Breeding 'Myth'... is there any truth to it?
I've always, always heard that when you breed a maiden mare for the first time, the resulting foal will not mature to as tall as it should because the mare's body isn't used to the changes that being pregnant brings... and that after the first foal, if the mare is bred back to the same stallion, the second foal will be bigger than the first and will grow to its natural 'mature height', whereas the first foal will be the smaller of the two.
I've always heard that, from the horsey people in my family, from the breeder down the road from me, from the owners of the tack stores and feed store I frequent, from just about everyone around here who owns horses or who has had horses in the past.
But I got to looking at my gelding earlier... he's huge (easily 15.2 hands, and he's growing again, so I wouldn't be surprised it he's 15.3 or almost 15.3 hands now) compared to both his sire (15 hands) and his dam (15.1 hands).
So, is there any truth to the 'myth'? If I were to breed my mare back to my boys sire, would the resulting baby end up taller than my already big boy? I'm not planning on breeding my mare again for a few more years (she's 15 now, but I do want to breed her again... but not for a few more years... and when I do breed her again, I'm breeding her to a different stallion than my gelding's sire... already got the stally all picked out and have it okayed with the stally's owner [a family friend] and my grandmother... but I want to have a steady job and at least be halfway through college before I breed her again... so I'm in no rush...), but I'm just curious...
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)