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post #1 of 4 Old 10-25-2012, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Athletic ability...how much is genetics?

I have a coming 2 yr old filly (technically she's only 14 months, she was born late) who is a registered APHA.

This is her pedigree: Scootin Along Time

My ultimate goal for her is to jump, possibly turn her into an eventer. (Obviously this won't happen for a while, she's just a baby!)
I have gotten to wondering, what is her potential as an eventer due to her APHA lines? Both her sire and dam are WP and HUS types, but she seems so spunky and high-headed at this age that I wonder if it deals with more training than genetics.

Does her movement and carriage, despite her being 14 months old, reflect her later potential, or is it just because she's a baby?
I'm sure there isn't a factual answer, but your opinion would be valued!!

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Athletic potential is genetic. Athletic ability is a combination of genetics and training...
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Considering how much time and money is spent by top breeders trying to find the perfect match of sire and dam, I would say genetics if very important to ability or else people would be throwing any two horses together.

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Athletic ABILITY is almost completely genetic. Flukes happen but not very often.

I think the ancestors that are the most important are the parents and grand parents. Those ancestors back farther than that are pretty insignificant if the close up ones do not have a proven record or at least proven ability.

Ability must be developed and that requires good training. But not even a great trainer can make chicken salad out of chicken s**t.

Sorry, I just do not know any more politically correct way to put it. (Now in hiding -- actually going to bed with computer off!) Good night. Cherie
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