Baby-making is serious business in live horse racing. Thoroughbred horse mating is so strict that a thoroughbred racehorse is never just randomly pregnant. To get that pony your children beg for, there are months of planning and scheduling done even before the horses meet. Today, at our Kentucky racetrack, we dedicate our racetrack trivia to the intricacies of pony-making.
How Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Make a Pony
Thoroughbred horses naturally want to mate around spring and early summertime. Horse breeders and owners want the foal to be born after January 1 of next year and as close to this date as possible. This ensures the foal will be ready to train without the being too old or too young for competitions.
Choosing the right mates
First things first: when one horse owner wants another horse, they begin the process of finding a stud, and not just any stud. It is The stud: A world champion thoroughbred racehorse with 50 championships, 40 honors, and excellent genetics. If a horse owner can’t find this stud, he or she looks elsewhere until they find a mate for their mare. When they do, the horse breeder and horse owners get together to discuss the stud price, which is how much it will cost for the stud to impregnate the mare.
After the price is agreed upon, the horse breeder waits until the mare is in heat to introduce the stud. Without getting too deep into the process, the stud impregnates the mare and in eleven months, a foal is born. This foal is kept with their mother until they are weaned, and they horse owner who bought it takes it home.
Why thoroughbred horse mating matchup is tricky
We hope our explanation of thoroughbred horse mating matchups seems easy. However, it’s isn’t. A lot can go wrong anywhere in the process. The stud may not be available to mate, either due to time or sickness. The mare may not become pregnant after the first try. Or worst of all, the positive genetic qualities of the mare and stud are not passed along to the foal. This means the horse owner with a stake in the foal wasted their time. Thoroughbred horse racing is kept strict because horse owners want to lower the risk as much they can.
See Race Horses Compete at Our Kentucky Racetrack
Our Kentucky racetrack is prepping for our 2017 live horse racing season. We need a little more time… and for the Kentucky snow to melt. In the meantime, you can enjoy yourself playing our historical horse racing machines and our other special seasonal deals. Stop horsing around and come on down.