Breeding Partner

 

Breeding Partner

How to Choose the Correct Breeding Partner for your Mare?

 
Lusitano-041Are you wondering how to choose the correct breeding partner for your mare?   Selective breeding is about taking specific physical characteristic and traits from one horse and passing them to another.   Morphology is the science that studies the size, structure, color and shape of the animal; all of them are physically visible characteristics of a given breed of horses.   On the other hand we have Phenology which studies the variations in the animal’s life cycles through time.   For example long time climate changes, factors related to its habitat (height, humidity, land conformation, etc.) can have an impact.   Phenotype, from the Greek “phainein” which means to show and “typos” which means type describes basically how a horse looks.   Some breeders believe that the most important partner in the process is the stallion others believe that it is the mare.
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Lusitano-062There is constant debate on this matter.   It may never be defined but an important point to take into account.   The stallion can sire many foals and pass on positive and negative characteristics in his genes.   On the other hand the foal will live inside his mother for a long time, and will continue to live with her after it is born.   This means he will learn from her the basic and most essential means of survival and conduct.   For example a male foal born from a submissive mother could learn this same behavior from her.   This will affect him later in life when he becomes a stallion and needs to establish his territory and position within the herd.   This can go the other way too, the son of a dominant mare will be dominant himself.
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