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Pedigree Reference for the Nineties!  9,000 stallions.
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A treasure trove of stallion pedigree patterns from the nineties! Find out which of these great sire lines have lived on in today's champions, and where to locate them in current stallions!
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Born Survivors on the Eve of Extinction. Can Iberia's Wild Horse Survive Among America's Mustangs?

Can Iberia's Wild Horse Survive Among America's Mustangs?

(Hardy Oelke)  The amazing discovery of Iberian Wild horses in the American West. A very well written, thought-provoking book with over 90 spectacular full color photos of wild horses.
If you have a dun Quarter Horse, these horses are undoubtedly the original source of that color. A great book for any horseman. Hard cover, filled with color photos taken in the wild by the author over a period of years. Learn more about this fascinating ancient ancestor of all light horse breeds.
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Roots - Foundation Quarter Horse Bloodlines - by A. Mattson

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First Edition

A Classic!

8 1/2 x 11 inches, laminated softcover with silver foil lettering. 
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Special: Buy the 1995 and get the 1996 Stallion Finder FREE while supplies last! 

Do you know why this book has recently become one of the most valuable breeding tools available?

When first published in 1995, The Stallion Finder was a first of it's kind Quarter Horse and Paint directory making it possible for people to easily locate breeding stallions by pedigree and specific ancestors. Since that time, The Stallion Finder has evolved into the Stallion Finder Online ... with a printed directory no longer available.

This incredible first edition, with its many complimentary listings, offered over 9,000 stallions from all 50 states and 16 countries -- thus a keepsake pedigree reference for the nineties.

By browsing its Alphabetical Index -- you will be struck by the number of stallions available just a few years ago that have faded from the scene. You'll be amazed how many "old" genes were still circulating! A little like "old home week," you will enjoy recalling them, and perhaps start a little personal research on what happened and track down a few of their offspring.

There are still a few "oldies" whose genes are available today, and the online Stallion Finder is still the best resource for locating them via its wonderful pedigree index.

But first ... let me explain why, suddenly, the first edition (printed) "Stallion Finder" has a new and important reason to be on your book shelf!

In just the past few years, new knowledge about the path of inheritance has been discovered by scientists and geneticists which has had a profound impact on horse breeding. Many of the studies were conducted for the benefit of human medicine, but the equine community has benefited greatly from the knowledge they attained.

Geneticists have determined that certain genetic material is carried on the X-chromosome, including that for the large heart, and intelligence. Surely there are many other genes passed down on the x-chromosome, but for now ... just knowing about the path of inheritance for the large heart has forever affected breeding decisions for racing performance AND the equine athlete!

For 200 years, horse breeding principles have relied almost entirely upon the inheritance of superior qualities from a stallion to his get. The most favored tail-male lines have been traced, studied, published and recited until every serious breeder knows them by heart. The female line is often stated as simply "a daughter of ---." A top breeding priority was the hope of producing a great stud colt sired by a great stallion. The usual pedigree description goes something like: "my horse goes back to Three Bars, Leo, King (etc., etc.)."

However, for many years there was one observation so strong it could not be ignored: the MATERNAL GRANDSIRE. Statistics have been kept on the best maternal grandsires, and much conversation and advice made about their best "nicks." You know ... the "Three Bars / Leo" nick, the "Doc Bar/ Poco Tivio" nick, etc. But nobody seemed to know exactly how that happened ... it just did, and by following those intuitions, breeders were improving their odds of producing better foals. Looking back, the answers seem so obvious, it is a wonder that someone did not discover this much sooner!!

The fact is ... certain qualities inherited from DNA on the x-chromosome can ONLY be inherited from a mare. Every horse has 2 chromosomes that determine gender. A mare has two X-chromosomes, therefore a female. A stallion (XY) has one X-chromosome and one Y-chromosome, therefore a male. When a foal is conceived, if a sperm with the Y-chromosome fertilizes the egg, the foal will be male (XY) because it will then have an "X" from the dam and a "Y" from the sire. If the sperm fertilizing the egg carries the stallion's X-chromosome, the resulting foal will be female (XX). A mare, contributes one of her two X-chromosomes to her foals, both male and female ... but when a stallion gives an "X" to his daughters, it is the X-chromosome he inherited from his own dam.  His sons NEVER receive his X-chromosome, because he has given them (obviously) his Y-chromosome instead. However, his sons DO receive an X-chromosome ... one of the two X-chromosomes contributed by their dam.  To make this even more interesting, one of those would have been inherited via the dam's dam,  and the other came down the "x-trail" from her sire's dam.

Understanding that certain superior qualities can only be inherited from a mare ... or her son ... the Maternal Grandsire piece of the puzzle suddenly falls into place.

Now you find yourself looking at pedigrees with a new set of eyes. "OK, yeah, he's out of a daughter of Leo ... but who is her dam's sire? ... Oh, thank goodness, Three Bars! ... Well, what about her dam? ... Oh man, she's a daughter of ......"

OK, so you are not in the racehorse business. Does that mean this information is not important? Only if you believe that your breeding stock is beyond improvement! Only if you are sure you know how and why they are what they are. But for the rest of us, trying to breed each generation better than the next, this new information is worthy of consideration.

It has been documented for some years, especially in Australia, that some horses inherit larger, more powerful hearts than others. Heart scores have been developed, using electrocardiograms, which determine quite accurately, how large a heart is. A normal Thoroughbred heart weighs about 8 to 8-1/2 pounds. The largest heart documented so far is that of Secretariat, estimated in 1959 at autopsy at 22 pounds! After his death, Marianna Haun, a turf writer and Associated Press free-lance writer, began searching pedigrees for a genetic link from Secretariat to Eclipse, who was known to have a 14 pound heart. In 1994 she discovered what she was looking for! This discovery has led to ongoing research to prove the sex-linkage of the characteristic and find a genetic marker. Among other activities, she has been working with Dr, Frederick Fregin, an expert equine cardiologist from the DuPont Equine Center, assisting him in doing electrocardiograms on Thoroughbred racehorses across the country. She went on to write a book titled "The X Factor: What It Is & How to Find It," (out of print) which thoroughly explains what I have tried put in a nutshell format, and which provides page after page with pedigree charts and lists of identified large-hearted Thoroughbreds.

The Quarter Racing Journal published a two-part article by Haun in June and July of 1998 about the large heart in Quarter Horses. I understand the two articles received record reader response by the Racing Journal. They are excellent, and I recommend that you contact the Quarter Racing Journal for those back issues before they run out! (806) 376-4811. In those articles Haun explains about the X Factor and provides the names of many large hearted Quarter Horses and Quarter Horse sires whose daughters have passed down this trait. Would you be surprised to learn that Leo and Three Bars are on the list she offered?

Related Reading:
    Heart of the Matter, part 1
    Heart of the Matter, part 2

Which leads me to ponder ... how many of our show and performance Quarter Horses have inherited the large heart and whatever other desirable qualities through an X-chromosome??? Doesn't it stand to reason that a large hearted horse has a distinct advantage over his ordinary herd-mates? That heart must serve him well in ways other than stamina on the track. With a larger heart, pumping greater amounts of oxygen and blood nutrients with less effort ... what would you expect in terms of better digestion, growth, energy, general health and brains. Does any of this relate to horses that we fondly describe as having superior "intelligence, try, honesty and heart" ??? These are some of the traits we value, and we keep breeding horses as if we believe they are inherited. If the inheritance of the X-chromosome coincides with our best breeding results ... how can we deny it's validity!

After 40 years of tracing bloodlines and compiling records as part of my pedigree service, all of the above strikes me as completely correct and substantiated by statistics that have been published for years. Again, it hits me as astounding that nobody put all this together before now, because it is so completely obvious when you stand back and take a look at the larger picture. This is an exciting time for breeders who "do their homework" and locate individual horses with the right background. Interestingly, racehorse people have been inadvertently breeding for the large heart for years. Therefore, you will find more of those lines in racehorse pedigrees. However, there are plenty in other lines. Your job is to find them.

Finding large-hearted Quarter Horse bloodlines will not be as difficult as you think. Here is a list from Haun's article. First ... what are you looking for? I would also be  examining older racing and performance statistics, leading sire and leading maternal grandsire lists, looking for sires or mares that were superior performers and producers. When you find that certain stallions remained high on the maternal grandsire lists for years and years, perhaps ranking higher than on the Leading Sire lists, you have something worthy of deeper investigation. When a stallion sires daughters who, as a group, outperform his sons, that could mean something. If a stallion sires few, if any, sons whose siring records attain his own brilliance, that could be significant. When you see a stallion's daughters out-producing both their sire and his sons, that's a sign worth noting, especially if they do so when bred to a variety of stallions. As you study all this, you will begin to get excited about certain lines. If you can determine, or have a strong hunch about a certain sire, then's the time to start finding his daughters (or their sons and daughters) to include in your breeding program.

There are several resources which will help you in your search for the X Factor. Unfortunately, one of the most convenient was the reference book I wrote titled "The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires," which is now sold out. Those of you who have it will be studying it from a new angle :-)  In fact, I presented a copy to Marianna Haun after she wrote her book on the X-Factor, and she said it instantly confirmed what she suspected about stallions like Go Man Go and Dash For Cash, as they both sired many great racing daughters, some whose names she recognized as being Champion producers. (Why didn't I see that? My excuse is: I was too busy with the other research! That's the way it goes.

Another great resource which will help you dig from a larger "gold mine" is the "1995 Stallion Finder," which brings us full circle in this discussion. Here is what I find: For example, we now know that Leo has been designated as a large hearted sire. Not surprising in the least, but so nice to have confirmed. Unfortunately, most of the stallions available today are grandsons or great-grandsons, many of which trace to him thorough male lines. What you will be looking for are stallions who trace to daughters of Leo through either one of his daughter's sons or daughters. It might come through straight up a female line from daughter to daughter to daughter, or zig-zag through the pedigree from daughter to son to daughter. If you encounter a son-to-son trail, you have lost it ... unless that son has a large-hearted X-chromosome coming in through his DAM.

By looking in the Stallion Finder's Pedigree Index, under "LEO," the 1995 printed edition lists 45 grandsons. Some will be paternal (sired by sons of Leo), but some will be maternal (having dams who are Leo daughters). When I tested this, the first 9 were paternal grandsons, but the next 3 were maternal!! I didn't check beyond this, but anyone seriously looking will use this resource heavily and will be able to determine which lines are "x-factor friendly." (Did I just coin a new term? :-) ... Yes, there are other (very expensive) ways of obtaining this information, but you will not find anything as handy with such a wide scope and volume of data for $35. There are many bloodlines you will be searching besides Leo, but he is a good example.

Once you have checked each stallion in the Alphabetical section for pedigree and owner information, you are ready for further action, which might include contacting the last recorded owner to see if the horse is still available for breeding, or finding out if there are daughters or granddaughters for sale. Happy hunting, and may you uncover some good ones!

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Every sire, paternal grandsire and maternal grandsire in the printed Stallion Finder is cross-indexed, giving the names of all their sons and grandsons who are among the 9,000+ stallions in this incredible reference ... worth the entire price of the book in itself! The Alphabetical stallion list includes first 7 ancestors, owners name and state. The Stallion Index by city and state helps you locate stallions in your area.

This classic First Edition is already a collector's treasure -- be sure to order yours before this limited stock runs out! It is not available from any other bookseller.


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