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post #1 of 5 Old 06-18-2011, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hypothetical Question: How big would the baby be?

I don't know much about breeding, but I'm trying to learn... I was wondering, is there any way to determine about how big a foal will be before breeding two horses? I'd love to breed Roxy at some point (PLEASE, do NOT start bashing. This is a hypothetical question. If I choose to breed her, it will not be for several years and I'd, obviously, be far more educated etc.) and I found an adorable pony stud. Roxy is about 15h, he's 12. Would it be safe to say you're pretty much guarenteed a pony from the mix? It would make sense, but you never know with horses

So anyway, is there any "general rule" or something that you can use to determine about how big a baby could be? I just figure what the average of the parents' heights are should be reasonably close?

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-18-2011, 04:47 PM
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When crossing two different sizes or types you are just playing the lottery, sometimes you get lucky number, but much more often you have a losing hand.

My 16hh draft X Mare got bred by my Haflinger last year, all 14.2hh of him. Well as his fans know that pairing gave us Stewie the Moose, 15 weeks old, already above 13 hh and looking to make 16.2 hh

I confidently say that he will outgrow both his parents, but then Alto does put height into his foals, usually 2" above the dams size is what I'm seeing at the moment, I just didn't expect it on the big mare.
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Agreed, it's all just a crap shoot. I have one gelding right now that is out of a 17.2 hand belgian mare and by a 14.1 hand QH stallion. He's currently standing 15.3 and he won't turn 2 for another month. Then, I have a yearling out of a paint mare that was maybe 15hh by a percheron stud that is about 18hh and at a year, he is standing 13.3. The Belgian cross was a full hand taller at a year and both his parents are smaller than both the PerchX's parents.

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Also agree, you never know. We have a 14 hand QH\Quarter Pony stud. His babies have all been between 1-3 inches taller than the dam. One of the coming 2 year old colts from him & a 15'1" mare is 15'2" right now and not done growing. We've bred an outside 13 hand quarter pony mare 4 times now and each of her babies has matured at 13'2" or 13'3".
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Huh, well that figures. I had a feeling it was pretty random but I was *hoping* there was a way to get a closer idea. Ah well. Some of you guys have some big babies! And golden horse, I actually saw your post with pictures of him earlier today, but because I'm 14 I couldn't post a reply. He's adorable!!

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