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Re: breeding Arabian stallion to pony mares-Problems?
Posted by Tim Aiton on 2/7/2004, 6:34 am, in reply to "breeding Arabian stallion to pony mares-Problems?"
I have bred my A's to my arabian stallion without any problems all natural breeding although he is only 13.2hh1/2 inches tall at 14 years of age So he is genetically a small arabian. but I have in the past years bred my 11.0hh 1/4 welsh 3/4 shetland mare 30 years ago to a 15.2hh 3/4 arabian 1/4 percheron stallion for three consecutive filly foals by this breeding then she produced a colt by a 14.2hh morgan and a filly by a 14.0hh welsh X standardbred hunter type stallion I have found the mare dictates the size of the foal and all these foals were born without trouble and were carried and born after the mares 18th birthday befor this she had been bred to 12hh pony stallions three times so she was not a maiden mare This mare produced horse cross foals untill she was 25 years old and lived untill she was 38. My foundation welara mare Egyptian Rainbow 11.3hh was bred in 2002 to a 16.2hh 2x Secretariat Tb. stallion and foaled easily in 2003 and is safely in foal to the arabian stallion above for 2004. There are two things you must be aware of!! Neigther of these mares were madens both having 2 or more pony foals prior to being bred to a horse and both mares although short were notably big bodied and powerfull individuals and all horse stallions over 15.0hh were extreemly responsive to restraint during hand breeding and were not allowed to rush bully or show any agressiveness during the breeding process. The 16.2hh 2x Secretariat stallion was the kindest and most respectfull breeder of all these stallions, for added protection to the mare a shank with a chain was used for the first time on this stallion to ensure restraint and the breeding took place on a side hill with a 50 degree steep angle the mares front end was much higher than her backend and the angle of incline kept the stallion back off of her with a tendancy to slide down and away from her rear end she was bred twice in this manner and with inspection showed absolutly no injury as a result eigther during foaling or during this breeding process.So it can be done the breeding of horse to shorter pony it takes some planning to ensure the breeding process is a quiet and safe for the mare but I have had extreem sucess. The shire association of america had some wonderfull resource material on horse pony crosses even one of a shire shetland cross conceived A.I. and thier study confirmed that the mare dictates foal size at birth. And by the way this shetland birthed the shire sired foal without help or problems. I beleive there is also a study of a shetland being a sarogate mare to a full shire embryo this foal was also born sucessfully and important to note again that both these mares were not maidens and were of mature age. Tim just sharing some experences fom the past 30 years of crossing ponies to healthy sized horses.
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