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    06-28-2010, 08:15 PM

Mods, not sure if this goes here- if it doesn't please move it to a more appropriate spot.

Ok, so my mare had a filly April 25, 2010. The farm I board at also had a foal June 6, 2010. They are saying the fillies are half-sisters, but I just don't see it.

There are 2 possible sires for the barns filly, an Arabian, or a Clyde/Hackney. My filly's sire is the Clyde X, 100%.
The dam of my mare is a QH/Appy, and the dam of the other foal is a Paint.

I will show you pictures of the fillies, as well as the parents.

My filly, Rumour:
(Pictured at 1 day)

(Pictured at 9 weeks)


Now the 2nd filly, Gemini:
(Pictured at 1 week)

(Pictured at 3 weeks)


Possible Sire 1
17HH+ Clydesdale/Hackney:

Possible Sire 2:
14hh Purebred Arabian.

The 2 fillies together:

She was bred to both the same heat, but are saying the Arab is sterile, just because the 3 other mares the bred him to didnt catch(2 of which were 16.3+ drafts, and the other a 12hh pony)

I am just curious as to what you guys think about who Gemini's sire is.
Personally I think the Arab is her sire, just because she is so tiny and fine-boned. Gemini is now 3 weeks and is about the same size Rumour was when she was born.

Thanks for your opinion!!
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    06-28-2010, 10:18 PM
There are so many variables that could change what a foal looks like. If you look closely at her legs, the size of her bones and joints is actually pretty darn close to your filly. A lot can change with a young baby. I have a yearling that is half draft/half QH and I was recently given a foal that is also half draft/half paint. The foal is about half the size that my baby was when he was born. I know of an appy stallion and mare that were both in the mid 14hh range, they were bred like 5 times. 4 of the 5 offspring were about the same size as parents, but one of them was a mutant that matured to over 16hh. It is all about how the genes get mixed and if there can be 2 full siblings that look so different, there would really be no visual way to tell about half siblings 100%.

Although, there is absolutely nothing about her that says Arab to me. I would say that the clydex is her daddy.

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