GROWTH RATE OF ARABIAN FOALS RATA DE CREŞTERE A MÂNJILOR DE RASĂ ARABĂ release_w64pwlexczctzf3k6v4aznq47m

by Pieszka, Łuszczyński

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2007   Volume 40

Abstract

Arabian horses are treated as one of the most noble horse breed in the world. It is also one of the oldest breed known as a root of many other breeds. Opposite to Thoroughbred horses Arabian ones are very healthy, easy to keep with low fodder demand. They are still incredibly resistant to environmental conditions. Growth and development of foals is also very interesting because it is more similar to growth of primitive than to noble foals. The object of this study was to analyse the growth rate of Arabian foals bred in Poland. 382 foals born in Bialka Stud in 1983-2003 were taken under consideration. The height at withers, girth and cannon circumference measured at 1 day and 6 and 18 months of life were analysed. On this base the growth rate was calculated. Horses were divided into different groups according their year of birth, sex, coat colour and sire and dam lines. The statistical differences between particular groups were evaluated. It was stated that year of birth affected significantly the growth rate of Arabian foals. Colts were characterized by significantly higher growth rate of cannon circumference. Horses of different coat colour did not differ in growth rate of any parameter. Affiliation to particular sire and dam lines had some effects on growth rate of Arabian foals.
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