Mares and Horse Breeding

Stallions are often the ones that get more attention when it comes to horse breeding. Since the stallions are more famous and are sought about by most horse racing men, their actions come to light more than that of mares. If a stallion is able to give successful fouls than that stallion is almost always focuses upon. Mares are also equal partners in horse breeding and they should also be given the due importance that they truly deserve. Here are some primary reasons why we have to do so.



Even though the stallion is involved in horse breeding and it is one of the parents, many believe that the mares have a slightly higher influence on the characteristics of the foal. The mares take responsibility in shaping the foul to become more individualistic and have a personality of its own.


Horses are herd animals and their natural instincts pop out quite often. It is the responsibility of the mares to tame it and make the foul suitable for any type of trainings that it will be put through. The temperament is a very important aspect in deciding whether the foal can develop into a high performer or not. The mares train the foals in its initial days and weeks and ensure that they have the right temperament.

Follows the footsteps

More often, the foals tend to follow the footsteps of the mares as she is the one who nurtures them during their initial years. If the mare is bold and is still very obedient, so will be the foal. Similarly, if the mare is very disobedient, the foal will still follow the same even if the stallion is considered to be very good.

Quality comes first

Many people in the horse racing industry believe that if you breed a dashy stallion with a mediocre mare, then you can still get a dashy foal. This is not the case at all times. High quality mares should be used for breeding along with supreme quality stallions in order to have a higher chance of getting a high quality foal.

Health factor

If the mare that is used for a breeding program suffers from constant and frequent health issues, then she may not be able to give birth to a foal that is very healthy and can perform long and difficult strides with ease even if the stallion has the best of health. Mares have to be healthy and also have a decent confrontation to even expect a normal if not extra-ordinary foal.

The success or failure of a breeding program depends more on the mare than that of the stallion. This does not mean that you can breed a dumb stallion with an extremely talented brood mare and be sure that the foal with take after the mother. There are various permutations and combinations that are being worked out to find the right communication. All that we can conclude is that if both the stallion and the mare are of good or exceptional talent, then there is a higher possibility of getting the desired foal.


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