THE QUALITY OF THE YOUNG WARM-BLOODED STALLIONS DURING THE REARING PERIOD
2007, 8 (4) p. 469-476
The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of young stallions during the rearing period and to analyze the differences among several test rearing houses with various altitudes (up to 250, 250-300, 300-400, 400-500 and more than 500 meters above the sea level). In 227 stallions ending the rearing period in the years 2004 and 2005 the records from 5 foals´ assortment were processed (it means the growth comparison with the growth standard, results of exterior classification and results of movement mechanics classification). The statistically significant differences among the rearing houses with various altitudes were found out in growth classification (13,614++ to 27,679+++), in exterior classification (13,136++ to 20,281+++) and in movement mechanics classification (17,930++ to 26,526+++). The relation between in-rearing and end-rearing classification was higher for growth (up to 0,862+) than for exterior (up to 0,652+) and movement mechanics (up to 0,585+). It’s obvious, that the final foal’s movement mechanics and exterior classification can’t be faithfully estimated before the rearing finalization.