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#11 Copper Leaf

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 05:18 AM

I rescued a colt with the same issue- he required leg casts, then splints, then special plastic shoes... Dam was over 16 hands, and sire was smaller than her.

Things like this can and will happen reguardless of mare size unfortunately :(

Yep! Was going to say the same thing... Worked in a barn where three 16 hh mares foaled and both foals had to be in splints to correct constricted tendons... The sires were roughly the same size maybe an inch or two taller than the mares.

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#12 Aelfleah Farm

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 12:06 PM

Once owned a very very nice mare out of a 12hh mare by a 15hh stallion. Was a great cross. The breeder repeated it at least twice more.

Studies done using ET to place purebred TB embryos in Shetlands and Shetland embryos in TB's... Results showed that basically the foals all reached their genetic potential regardless of which womb carried them with the TB foals ending up just a tiny bit smaller than TB foals carried by TB mares and the Shetland foals ending up a fraction bigger than shetland foals carried by shetland mares.

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