My young paint pony mare, Arabian with one cross to Paint. is a phenomenon. She is vastly superior in health. Her cuts heal up in a twinkling with no scars. She is tough. She can handle the weather and odd foods. She is not very susceptible to flies or parasites. I have never seen her with colic. She seems clean all the time. She is very balanced and can do amazing feats. Oh, and what is so cool is that she likes a challenge.
She is near the bottom of the pecking order and the other horses sometimes mass around the gate when I want to let her through. We have a nifty routine. We both watch for a space in the milling crowd. I yell, “Fancy!!!”, and she comes tearing through the opening and through the gate I whip open for her and close quickly. She loves this. With such a strong constitution and love of action she should be bred on – a lot. And, of course, she has all the makings of a champion. My question is this. There is never any information that I have found on a horse’s superior constitution – tough hooves, incredibly healthy, etc. We breeders need to find these jewels and have as many foals as possible out of them. The TBs break down in training or on the track? Its all about breeding for other traits than strong bone and stamina. There needs to be some sort of way to stamp or identify these above average animals. The market, too, seems to promote a decline in vigor. That is another post.