Fell Pony Inbreeding Coefficients

This breeding pair was chosen based on breed type

With breeding season nearly here, I recently got a question about acceptable inbreeding coefficients. My answer was that it depends.  Inbreeding coefficients are a mathematical calculation about the relatedness of a pony’s parents.  They are often used to assess a potential mating and can be calculated to a certain number of generations, usually four or six.  Because of our breed’s history, most of our ponies are related to each other if you go back far enough.  Some ponies show up in all the pedigrees of recent foal crops….

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Breeder of Fell Ponies, teamster of work ponies, and author of Feather Notes, Fell Pony News, and A Humbling Experience: My First Few Years with Fell Ponies. Distributor of Dynamite Specialty Products for the health of our planet and the beings I share it with.
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