Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
I'm not a vet, BUT.. It's my understanding that considerations of size in breeding two horses is unimportant. Your fine boned TB will do just fine. The foal will adapt to the space available in the mare and his growth once outside of her will reflect his parentage. In other words...No worries! I'd check with a vet, but everything I've heard about breeding horses of different sizes says it's not a problem. The foal adapts to the space available to him inside the mare, and then proceeds to grow to his genetically determined size once he's outside.
A shire is the largest draft there is and you might not want to go with a shire but there are other, smaller drafts that would add substance to your foal. Halflingers would be the smallest that I'm aware of, but in the US many people cross to Belgians for added size and bone.
TBs crossed with Irish Draft horses make a popular cross also.
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Last edited by HagonNag; 07-11-2012 at 02:44 PM.