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    08-30-2007, 11:54 PM

I have a 17 hand mare and would like to breed her to get a 15-16 hand horse. What height should the stallion be?
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    08-31-2007, 12:40 AM
Hmmm im really no expert but I would say that to get a 15-16hh horse out of a 17hh horse I would say that you would most likly be lookin for a 15-15.2hh stally
    09-01-2007, 01:25 PM
Can't tell like that. Genetics are a little bit more complicated.
    09-13-2007, 04:35 AM
I agree with Bubba genitics are pretty difficult, but stefies on the right track. Some people can't find there horses pedigree or background. I would say, unless you find other wise. Look for a horse around 16hh (stallion) It should mature around 16.1hh but still depending on its background.... :roll:
    09-13-2007, 10:21 AM
Her dam and sire are both 16.3hh, her full brother is 17.3hh at 4 years old
    10-21-2007, 10:14 PM
The only problem I see with breeding a mare that is 17 hands to a 15-16 hand stud is the fact that you are taking a risk that the foal will not be tall enough to nurse from its mother.
    10-21-2007, 11:49 PM
Originally Posted by iluvhorses24
her dam and sire are both 16.3hh, her full brother is 17.3hh at 4 years old
Wow, what a monster! My first instructor's husband rode an 18 hand warmblood. I rode him once...could not believe how far away the ground was O_o. I guess I was like 9 at the time, but still, that memory really stuck with me:P

Anyway, as you have pointed out, its kind of a craps shoot as to what you'll get sometimes. Finding an older stud with well-documented offspring of a certain size is probably your best bet, but you never know what the dam is going to throw in.

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