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post #1 of 15 Old 05-25-2012, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Quality of first foal vs. later foals

I've been told that a horse's first foal is not generally as nice as later foals (I've heard both in quality and size). Was currious about everyones opinions and experiences on this?
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-25-2012, 09:15 PM
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That's a silly statement, and completely without merit.

The quality of a foal depends on the stallion you breed to, the quality of the mare, and the prenatal and post natal care given, as well as good rations.
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-25-2012, 09:17 PM
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That would be like me saying my first born child was not as good as the second one, silly.
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post #4 of 15 Old 05-25-2012, 09:21 PM
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I've bred a lot of horses and have never found that to be true. If you pick a broodmare and stallion that are dead-on true to their own breeding, as you should, they usually are pretty consistent - with the occasional anomaly of course...
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That would be like me saying my first born child was not as good as the second one, silly.
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Well I think the kids in our family got better with age of course I was the last one
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Well I think the kids in our family got better with age of course I was the last one
As the eldest of five kids, I found the opposite was true, and that the very best offspring was most certainly the one born first...
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Some is truth.......usually the first foal is smaller then the later foals in a broodmares career. But that is really about all....nothing changes about the conformation, disposition, ect. Just that the first foal is usually a tad smaller then the others (notice I am saying usually not always).

If you want a nice foal the parents have to be up to par in that department.

Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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post #8 of 15 Old 05-25-2012, 11:34 PM
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2011 colt 1 day old


2012 colt 3 days old.

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post #9 of 15 Old 05-26-2012, 03:39 AM
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What beautiful babies you have there, nrhareiner! They are stunners! Would love to see pics of the filly and colt from previous years. Love the colts coloring, bet he'll be a flashy reiner!
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As the eldest of five kids, I found the opposite was true, and that the very best offspring was most certainly the one born first...
Humans are a bit different than horses. It has been well demonstrated and documented that first born humans are far superior in both physical and mental attributes to their lesser siblings...and if it were not so, I would draw upon my first born intellect and abilities to make it so...
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