Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Breeding a trotter to a natural pacer?
I went down to see the stud I'll be breeding my mare to next month and a few questions popped up that I thought I'd ask the forum-family. Well, one or two questions...
I had never noticed it, but the stallion is a natural pacer. I asked and his owner confirmed it, he paces naturally at liberty and under-saddle as well, though he also gaits (performs a flat-walk, a running walk, and a rack).
My mare, despite being the same breed as the stallion (Tennessee Walker) isn't gaited and trots instead. Her first foal, my seven year old gelding, also trots instead of gaiting (though his sire is a natural 'walker').
My questions are:
1. Since my mare trots and the sire naturally paces, what are the chances of the foal pacing?
2. What are the chances of the foal inheriting the racking gait? I've heard several times over that if a 'natural trotter' is bred to a 'natural pacer', then the resulting foal will rack or can be taught to rack easily...
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)