[QUOTE=ClongillRose;8610208]We have a Jackaroo foal on its way. Our mare should foal sometime between the last week of May and first week of June this year. Our mare is RID Class One by Luke Skywalker out of a Crannagh Hero dam and we wanted to breed a traditional Irish Sport Horse this time round. Looking at what was available and Jackaroo’s bloodlines and TB percentage, we opted to breed a TIH following William Micklem’s formulas for RID to TB blood. We live in Ireland so were able to get fresh cooled. Due to travel time, the stud’s extraction schedule and mare’s ovulation period, I’d say that the first insemination was a full 24 hours from extraction if not a bit more. First try was good so we’d give a thumb’s up on motility with the footnote that statistically frozen will have that much more risk than fresh cooled.
For anyone looking at Jackaroo’s photos they can find on the web, know that they don’t do him justice. I like my horses with markings and even though he’s full bay without a bit of white, I found him very handsome when I met him at the stud where he currently stands. The full body photo that pops up in searches most often just doesn’t give you the full picture - I say that because coming from RID’s, looking at his pictures online and what I’d seen of thoroughbreds between the vet and the track, I expected something ‘petite’ compared to my mare. He was impressive, well-conditioned and powerful. Yes, he has an injury (on one of his back legs if I remember correctly) but overall, he is incredibly well put-together. And he was a big pet, not a bit of stallion attitude, which went against my stereotypes of thoroughbred temperaments. (Apologies to all my thoroughbred and racing friends!)
If you’d like, I can post photos of the foal when it arrives. We’re waiting like you to see exactly what he stamps on his babies.[/QUOTE]
Did you get to see him go at all, and what type of mover was he? Best of luck with your foal!
I just wish, given his connections, they gave him more coverage – even if he is lame or unsound, a video clip of him going around would really be nice… If he is sound enough to be able to be collected, I would think he would be sound enough to be shooed around in a circle for 2-5 minutes…