This article appears in the May 2014 issue of Fell Pony News from Willowtrail Farm.
- This past winter, Matty visibly changed and matured as she turned from seven to eight years old.
I watched Matty’s bone increase, leaving her in wonderful proportion throughout in the bone and substance department.
Willowtrail Mountain Prince, Matty’s two year old son, gave me reason this spring to ponder the slow maturing rate of ponies with Sleddale blood.
One of the concerns I had about Prince as stallion potential was that he seemed to lack bone.
At the same time that I was scheduling Prince's castration appointment at two years old, I realized his bone was increasing.
I began pondering how we choose stallions in this breed today..
Colts must mature in the bone department relatively quickly if they are to pass the licensing exam at two years old.
After my experience with Prince, I began wondering how many good quality colts are neutered just because they are slow to mature.
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