Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Originally Posted by phantomhorse13 View Post
There is a study done in 2014 looking at a variety of stats, including birth weights and insulin resistance. The study can be read here
. It did show there were some differences depending on the size of the dam, but the study didn't follow the foals to adulthood to see if those differences eventually normalized in time.
With all of our mares, the foals that were a result of the Suffolk Punch on welsh mares and the foals my ex-boss bred from a 15 hand welsh x TB lightweight mare using Irish Draught stallions the foals were all born to the size of the mare. In the case of the ones using mares that had a lot of pony blood the full grown offspring were all 15 hand (never taller) standard cobs or lightweight cobs.
The offspring from our little TB mare all grew to at least 16.2, one made 17 hands and her last foal to a 14.2 welsh D made 16.2.
Our welsh/arabian x TB mare only produced one offspring that was 16.2 full grown and that was when she was put to a Trakhener stallion. Her other foals were all 15.2 'sturdy types'
We had a mare that was by a Cleveland Bay stallion x TB mare that was 15.2 and built like a sturdy TB
We had a mare that was by a TB stallion x Cleveland bay mare that was 16.3 and looked more like a pure Cleveland Bay
Just winging it is not a plan