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post #1 of 19 Old 05-01-2011, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Horses of very different sizes being bred?

so, today I was sitting around thinking of a story my trainer had told me about a time she watched a pony mare give birth to a colt that had been sired by a large draft horse, & had nearly died giving birth because the foal was so large. Could that be true? Something tells me that nature wouldn't allow a foal to become so large that it would endanger the mare's life. But then again, a match between a pony & a draft probably wouldn't happen in nature.

And how about, say a Quarter Horse mare being bred to a Mini? How would that work?

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post #2 of 19 Old 05-01-2011, 08:59 PM
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It's extremely possible with the conditions humans have for horses these days(:
As for the foal endangering the dam's life, I doubt it was from size. Foals can only grow to the size of their dam's uterus, it doesn't matter how big the stallion is (theoretically). I wouldn't advise breeding a stud of say 18h to a mare of 12.3h, but I'm sure someone has done it before.
I'm almost positive that it grows to the same size an offspring of a similar sized pair would create, and then finishes it's growth once outside the womb and has all the room and could possibly want. :p
I would also not suggest breeding a mini to a horse..I just think it would end up with a foal of horrid conformation 9 times out of 10. Although, there's more than one way. :p I've heard of people making ditches for the mare to stand in, platforms for studs to stand on, etc. The most common is AI, artificial insemination, from my understanding though.
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post #3 of 19 Old 05-01-2011, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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oh yeah, I would neverr bread my mare to a draft!
And, my lord... digging ditches? To me, that would be a sign that the two horses really shouldn't mix genetics. ;)

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I actually think that most mules are bred either withthe ditches or AI, since most mares that are used fortheir breeding are quite large, and some Jacks just can't get up there, lol. I wouldn't say that they shouldn't be bred though, because they have their uses. :p
I think it's all based on the circumstance and what the horse is being bred for. ;p
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@spirit11, pics please! I'm interested to see how a cross like that would look. :)

And Iseul, that makes sense. I was thinking more about people digging a ditch so they could breed a regular sized mare to a little Mini stud.(:
& I completley agree, if someone were breeding horses with vastly different sizes just to experiment, that would be horrible. But if it were for a mule, then more power to them.(:

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we have a little gelding out at the farm who is a miniature horse x quarter pony mix. Funniest looking horse you'll ever meet xP his mother was the mini- a 37 inch tall amh, and his father was the QP- 13.3hh evidently it worked, and his dam had no problems with pregnancy or delivery, but he sure is an odd looking little thing! Don't know what possessed someone to mix those to breeds...

(note that he's landing after a crowhop spin thing, trying to tell the donkey that he's boss- and that's why his legs are splayed funny o.- they actually are fairly well formed and his best feature xD)

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I believe there is someone here with a TB x welsh cross? I may be wrong on the breeds though. It's entirely possibly, and the foal wouldn't grow bigger than the ****'s uterus, but mini's usually have complications with pregnancy and birth anyway. I'd say if anything happened it was due to that. The foal would just grow faster once it was born and may have troubles nursing, but other then that I don't see alot wrong with it other then they would probably have a crappy conformation.


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Someone has a TB-Mini cross. I believe his name is Thumper and he's a pretty good looking boy.
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