Tb Mating Plan Essay

2879 words - 12 pages

Thoroughbred Mating Plan


With £200,000 I would purchase 2 mares and pay for the covering of one of these mares from a reputable stallion. The progeny of which I intend to sell at Tattersall sales FINISH THIS SECTION

Task 1 (750)

The carefully selected mares for the mating programme are ‘Falcon in Flight’ (Falcon) and ‘Palomita’, both mares sold at the December Tattersalls mare sales.

Falcon was lot 43 and sold for £3,000, she was consigned by Darley and property of Rabbah Bloodstock Limited and before sales she was covered by Arabian Gleam and believed in foal. She has won 1 race of her total 4, it is however her breeding lines that are desirable and the ...view middle of the document...

Palomita is a 6 year old mare out of training, she was lot 1741 and sold for £84,000 consigned by Fittocks Stud. She has won 4 races and placed 4 races from her 14 starts and being a mare by High Chararral and Perima she was highly sought after. Her success, however more her pedigree set her above another mare at the sales due to the sires in her breeding lines. High Chaparral won 10 of his 14 starts and placed once with a Dosage Index (DI) of 0.82 showing his speed above stamina. High Chaparral’s sire being Sadlers Wells a stallion with an AEI of 3.31 and DI of 2.82 meaning he is a very strong sprinter. There is no inbreeding in her genes, however the successful horses on her sire’s side counteract this greatly, conformation of the horse should also be looked at to check she is capable of reproducing and also becoming a successful racehorse. Poor conformation could lead to injury and therefore a horse out of training and a loss of potential winnings along with veterinary bills. Conformation is should consequently be greatly examined on the purchase of a horse, along with previous veterinary history, age of the horse and genetics (Anderson et al., 2004). When looking at the conformation of a horse even if it is to be used purely to breed conformational faults could be inherited by the progeny and detract significantly from the value of the horse (Love et al., 2006). However it is down to personal opinion and preference when looking at how the horse is made up and what a breeder or owner prefers in their horses (Anderson and McIlwraith, 2004).
Palomita is to be covered by Oasis Dream, justified in Task 2.

Task 2 (1000)
Variations in stud farm occur between Northern and Southern Hemispheres and within different countries as well. All horses mentioned above are to stand in the south of the UK, in Oxfordshire around the Witney (see Appendix A) where the lime-rich soils lie over chalk or limestone. The lime-rich soils allow relatively high fertility levels in the soil and easy drainage, meaning fields are not water logged and therefore not available for grazing (Cranfield University, 2014). The grassland must be high in nutritional value for the mares in foal and also the foals to allow correct and sufficient nutrient intake, which will also be balanced with feed for the mares and yearlings and mares milk for the foals. Equine milk is so highly digestible and nutrient rich that it is often used in not only horses but also bovines and humans (Uniacke-Lowe et al., 2010). A mare produces 2 to 3.5kg (per 100kg) per day to maintain correct growth and more importantly development of the foal allowing natural and normal bone growth this ultimately resulting in better conformation and therefore greater success at the sales or in a racing career (Oftedal et al., 1983). The foal usually consume in the region of 10-25% of its own body weight in milk each day (Gibbs et al., 1982), therefore many measures must be in place to ensure the correct...

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