Breeding and Pedigree
Anatomy / PedigreeApril 30th, 2019
The Thoroughbred horse has been bred over more than three centuries to produce an animal that can run with great endurance at incredible speeds.
Lineage and pedigree are important factors in breeding Thoroughbred race horses. Owners will do extensive research to decide which stallion they believe will produce a quality foal with their mare. Many factors go into this selection including size of the mare and stallion, the fees to breed, and race performance of the mare and stallion.
The pedigree of the mare and stallion are studied extensively to create the strongest, best suited horse for the type of racing it will train to do. Thoroughbred horses are bred for flat racing or jump racing. Stallion - An adult male horse used for breeding. Foal – A baby horse in its first year. Mare - A female horse, 5 years of age and older.
Here is a video of Vivien Malloy at Edition Farm sharing some background on the timeline followed to ensure the mare is in foal and the pregnancy is progressing.