Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Different Look at Horse Breeding

On May 16 the Wall Street Journal featured an article about Jess Jackson and his Stonestreet Stables entitled Horse Racing's Would-Be Savior. Mr. Jackson, "the billionaire founder of the Kendall-Jackson wine empire" has taken on the American thoroughbred horse industry charging that the horses are over-bred, over-medicated, and lacking in durability - criticisms noted in our previous post The Dark Side: Horse Racing. Jackson, a controversial figure in the mainstream thoroughbred community because of his criticisms, not to mention a few lawsuits, is now seeking breeding stock from France, Germany, South Africa and Argentina in his effort to breed durability back into American race horses.

Here is a video of and interview with Jackson on his recent trip to Argentina -


Blogger tanyaa said...

For horse owners, the idea of breeding from their own mare has much appeal. The prospect of producing a foal with qualities similar to its mother, or even better, has many attractions.
Before any decision to breed is taken, however, prior knowledge about normal breeding behavior, what should happen at foaling, and how a newborn foal should behave and develop, is essential. For this reason, it is probably best for a novice to seek professional help with mating and foaling from a stud.
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