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    05-26-2012, 08:25 AM
Originally Posted by Faceman    
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...

I'm the 3rd child. The first has a different mom but same father, the second has the same mom and dad as I. The first one was a model with success in the fashion industry, the second one is a genius but socially awkward, and the third is compassionate, doesn't take **** from anybody, really nice, and amazing with people and animals.

I say I won out :P

Jokes aside, all offspring have their faults and their winning qualities.
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    05-26-2012, 08:27 AM
I agree with that the first born in humans is the superior offspring Face. Just don't tell my younger sister.

I've heard the old wives tales about which foal will be the best. One of my grandfather's friends (he's in his 80s) swears that the best one is the 2nd foal with a dam that's 10 years old. It's hogwash.

My old black mare for example, she's had 9 foals over her lifetime. They have all been great foals. I will admit that I liked the blacks better than her bays but color doesn't make quality.
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    05-26-2012, 08:48 AM
I think the origin of it is based in fact to be honest. You can predict what a mare will pass on to her foal, but you can't tell for certain. The first foal is a bit of a pot luck, because you have no prior foals to compare sires to if that makes any sense at all? So your first foal is the "test case" and the next few you start to narrow down what your mare crosses well with.
    05-26-2012, 03:17 PM
I don't think it would be the same comparing them to humans (although my oldest sister is the shortest of the bunch, my youngest is the second shortest! I'm leaning towards the middle being the best). I have noticed it does seem to be true w/ cattle, so could see it also being true w/ horses, but then heifers are generally bred younger then horses.

I've thought on the foals we've had that I know were a mares first, and for many it does seem the first is shorter, but the quality is still there.
    06-14-2012, 06:11 PM
The only part I've ever found of this to be true is size of foal. They are usually smaller at birth from maiden mares. However.. they catch up later.

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