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  • Breeding Terms Used Incorrectly

    Have you noticed how many horse people, among them breeders, incorrectly use horse terminology?

    It shows either a lack of knowlege, or education in this business, and I feel is a poor reflection on the person as a horse person.

    For example I'll give some pet peeves:

    A stallion does not produce. He sires. Mares produce. That's why the class is called the "Produce of Dam" class.......... Think about it. So many folks use this loosly and horribly incorrectly.

    A stallion has get. For example, "His get did very well at Devon......" That's why it's called the 'Get of Sire" class.......

    The foal is out of a mare and by a stallion.



    Another example is the relationship issue.

    Just because you have two horses by the same stallion (out of different mares) does not make them related, as half this or half that.

    Horses can only be related if they are out of the same mare by the same stallion (then considered full brother or full sister), or out of the same mare by different stallions (then considered half brother or half sister).


    I just finished reading an article where that very example was in print, incorrectly. Made my hair stand on end!


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  • #2
    I also find the terms "half brother" and "half sister" annoying when people are talking about progeny of the same stallion. The proper term is "by the same sire". Half-siblings share a DAM, as the OP mentioned.

    And using STUD instead of STALLION bugs me, too. A stud is a FARM.

    What really cracks me up, though, is when people advertise horses as "a third cousin of Secretariat" or "Seattle Slew's nephew", LOL.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by VirginiaBred
      Just because you have two horses by the same stallion (out of different mares) does not make them related.
      Of course they are related genetically. They just aren't referred to as half- or full-siblings.

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      • #4
        Two that I hear people use alot are the term " own son or daughter " for any horse by a certain stallion. An "own " horse is one bred and raised on the place where the stallion stands. Any other of his get are " direct " sons or daughters.

        The other is when people tell me we " we bred our mare this morning" they may have covered their mare but no way they know shes bred at that point.
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        • #5
          county; so would you say that it is incorrect to say a mare was bred on Feb 1st and then confirmed in foal on Feb 14th. I see that a lot.
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          • #6
            She may have been covered or AI'ed on Feb 1 but not bred.
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            • #7
              I disagree; the word breeding can refer to the physical act of covering, so I see nothing wrong with that. You can breed a mare and she can be not in foal from the breeding.

              The "own" business also smacks of the stock breeds. Why don't you just call it a son or daughter of Joe Horse? It's redundant.

              In racing parlance, a horse (meaning an intact male) is not a stallion until he has sired his first winner.

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              • #8
                I never knew that a horse sired by the same stallion but different mare could not be considered half siblings...

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                • #9
                  The reason we call them " own " sons or daughters is that then you know where the horse was born and raiised. For example I have an " own ' daughter of Dry doc. The person I'm talking to then knows without my saying she was born and raised on the King Ranch in Tx.
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                  • #10
                    Not a breeding term per se but if I see "confirmation" instead of "conformation" one more time, I'm not responsible for what I do...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CuriosoJorge
                      I disagree; the word breeding can refer to the physical act of covering, so I see nothing wrong with that. You can breed a mare and she can be not in foal from the breeding.

                      The "own" business also smacks of the stock breeds. Why don't you just call it a son or daughter of Joe Horse? It's redundant.

                      In racing parlance, a horse (meaning an intact male) is not a stallion until he has sired his first winner.
                      I totally agree with your first two, but I have never heard of the third one. We breed TB's (in fact we had another SW today! Yea us!!) and often use first and second year stallions. Obviously these horses have not had an offspring win, or even race, and yet everyone in Lexington calls them stallions.

                      In fact, to me, as far as the first one goes, "breeding" is the act of two horses mating. The word has nothing to do with resulting pregnancy or barrenness. I can't see how breeding means pregnant.

                      VB, My biggest pet peeve is when people say that a horse is out of [sire]. I generally say "that must be quite a trick for a foal to come out of a male horse".
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                      • #12
                        The term stud is used all the time in stock horse terms. Has nothing to do with it being a farm. We use ranch and or farm when talking about a place.
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                        • #13
                          This has already been brought up. Twice, I think. But I can't help myself. In my line of work, coming to the aid of experienced breeders and first-timers, alike, hearing "out of (said stallion)" makes my jaw drop! And you'd be shocked by the caliber of horse person I've heard this from! Sometimes I start to wonder if I'm going crazy! Am I?! HUH???!!!
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                          • #14
                            A stud is a stallion who is used in breeding. The term stud meaning a farm is more of a european designation.

                            For instance, my husband is quite the stud, imho and a sweet talking one at that. My daughter's boyfriend, soon to be EX boyfriend, thinks he is a studmuffen, not.

                            A gelding who thinks he is a studmuffen is considered "studly" or "studdish".

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lord Helpus
                              I totally agree with your first two, but I have never heard of the third one. We breed TB's (in fact we had another SW today! Yea us!!) and often use first and second year stallions. Obviously these horses have not had an offspring win, or even race, and yet everyone in Lexington calls them stallions.

                              .
                              As I understand it, a stallion is not a sire until his offspring are born. I've also heard that for a stallion to become a sire on a pedigree page, he has to sire his first winner. Similarly, a mare has to have a winner to be designated a producer.

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by VirginiaBred

                                I just finished reading an article where that very example was in print, incorrectly.


                                And, unless you didn't catch it, that incorrect verbage was in the Eventing Issue of COTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                                • #17
                                  [QUOTE=deltawave]
                                  And using STUD instead of STALLION bugs me, too. A stud is a FARM.

                                  QUOTE]

                                  A Stud is also a stallion used for breeding..unless you know more than Websters dictionary? You THINK a stud is a farm. That is an opinion, nothing else. I THINK a stud is a stallion used for breeding. A stud farm is a farm full of stallions used for breeding. You can't turn something you think, into fact. Thats completely illogical.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by county
                                    The term stud is used all the time in stock horse terms. Has nothing to do with it being a farm. We use ranch and or farm when talking about a place.
                                    The word "stud" being used in association w/"farm" is the adjective using to describe the noun. Stud is the adjective, farm is the noun. Stud describes what kind of farm you have.
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by TropicalStorm
                                      I never knew that a horse sired by the same stallion but different mare could not be considered half siblings...

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                                      I'm confused about why that is. My daughters father had a son w/another woman and and that made my daughter his "half-sister". Why is it different w/horses?

                                      Why does the dam have to be the connection to make them "half sister/brother? Both parents contrtibuted the same amount of DNA..in fact, the sire commited more because the Stallion determines the sex of the foal.
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                                      • #20
                                        I do have a question though. When breeders say so and so horse will "throw" a bay, chestnut, color, etc...are they talking about the sire, or the dam?
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