Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
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To me, inbreeding is when you pair father-daughter, brother-sister, mother-son....not when you go back two generations.
Line breeding is done quite frequently in the Standardbred business, and normally is a 3rd line plus and back thing (Grandparents and back).
When done properly, you will get a much desired horse, and get good qualities in the horse. Like some other breeds, there will always be a line that you don't want, but then other lines that are excellent. The ones that are excellent tend to have more line breeding done.
This mare, Irish Luck, has "Most Happy Fella" on each side as a grandparent.
Stonebridge Regal also has some line breeding done, but Albatross and Meadow Skipper show up in different locations on each side...which I think is interesting. Interestingly enough, Regal won over a million, yup, million during his career. Pretty sure line breeding worked out on this one.
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