This is purely curiosity and while hard evidence and science are welcome, I’m really just curious about anecdotes and people’s experiences and thoughts.
I was reading an article about Zirocco Blue and in it was the following quote:
“I always say if you buy a wine that is a Sauvignon, you want it to taste like a Sauvignon, if you want to buy a Mr Blue, you want it to look like a Mr Blue, or it does not carry the genes of Mr Blue.”
That got me thinking about the horses I know, especially the ones I know both parents of and whether that seemed to be true. It can be harder to compare when you don’t know the dam and can’t look her up as easily as the stallion.
So I’m wondering, do you find or do you think that the most successful stallions produce horses that look most like them and “stamp” them significantly? Are the ones that look most like them the most successful? (Thinking of the Mr Blue head context).
Tongue in cheek- if you crossed Mr Blue with a mare with a beautiful head, whose foals always had her head (thinking of my mare’s dam who had a beautiful head and all of her foals have the same head, regardless of sire) would the resulting foal not jump like Mr Blue?
Interested in hearing anyone’s thoughts on the matter! I do think that there is probably a lot of truth in the statement, even if it isn’t a hard rule (or maybe it is a rule for some stallions), but I’m curious to explore it further.