STUD HORSE: Contents

CONTENTS

PART 1

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION

My personal observations and opinions. Founding of a stud. Building female lines.

CHAPTER 2 PRACTICAL BREEDING PRINCIPLES USING THE AMERICAN SADDLEBRED AS EXAMPLE

Evaluation of sires and broodmares. The influence of different types. Sire Ratings and Broodmare Hall of Fame mares. The performance of a sire is being influenced by the type of mare which is available at the time. Horse versus pedigree. Enhancing a pedigree by limited introduction of other types. Other breeds and other species. Summery.

 PART 2

THE PRINCIPLES OF FREDERICO TESIO

CHAPTER 1 TESIO BASICS

The influence of individuals in a pedigree.

CHAPTER 2 PREPOTENCY AND CRITICAL MASS

Paying equal attention to the mare. Strengthening potency. The structure of a pedigree indicates its potential. Prepotency develops when critical mass is reached.

CHAPTER 3 INBREEDING, LINE BREEDING AND MARE LINES

Outcrossing. Practical super charged line breeding. The relative importance of stallions and mares.

CHAPTER 4 SIBLINGS (BROTHERS AND SISTERS)

CHAPTER 5 THE LARGE HEART FACTOR

Pocahontas’s large heart factor lasts till today.

CHAPTER 6 PEDIGREE STUDY

CHAPTER 7 STATISTICAL POWER OF POSITION IN A PEDIGREE

The pattern for producing exceptional mares or exceptional stallions.

PART 3

OPINIONS OF GENETICISTS

Questions to some of South Africa’s top geneticists, and their answers.

 PART 4

FEEDING AND MANAGEMENT

CHAPTER 1 FEEDING OF MARES DURING PREGNANCY AND LACTATION                  

by dr. Francois van Niekerk (PhD) (Agric) (PrSciNat)

Feeding requirements of the mare

                   Protein intake

                   Minerals

Breeding season

                     Feeding of non-pregnant mares

                     Feeding of the pregnant mare

                     Feeding of the mare during lactation

Summery of important phases in lactation and pregnancy

                     Nutritional requirements during various periods in the pregnant and lactating mare

                                   Early pregnancy

                     Feeding during lactation

                                   First 3 days after foaling

                                   First 120 days after foaling

                                   First 3 months of lactation

                                   35 to 45 days after fertilization

                                   Foal 3 to 4 months old

                                   90 to 120 days after fertilization

                                   Wean foals at 4 to 5 months

                                   Months 7 to 9 of pregnancy

THE FOLLOWING IS NOT PART OF DR. VAN NIEKERK’S ARTICLE, BUT EXPERIENCE SHARED BY FRANCOIS VAN DER MERWE, WATERKRANS, GRAAFF REINET

2015-05-06

Improved conception rate, especially mares which are hard to get in foal.