Arabians Ltd. owner Judy Sirbasku periodically answers questions about her horses and business. Judy can share many personal stories about some of the famous Egyptian Arabians she has owned and known over her 30 years of involvement with these amazing animals! We’ve gathered some of the most commonly asked questions to share with you!
Question #7: Submitted by Chelsea Patrick
When a foal is born, how can you tell that it’s going to be grey? And what are the rules of color when breeding Arabians?
-A chestnut to a chestnut will always produce a chestnut. -A grey must have one grey parent, so if your foal does not have a grey parent it cannot be grey. -Chestnuts are always born with a lack of pigment around the eyes. They are the only color born this way. The eyes darken up like any other color of foal in about 20 days.
How do you choose the breedings for each of your mares every year?
As a small breeder who has fallen in love with my horses, I’m afraid that it will be too hard for me to part with their babies! How have you been able to sell some of your favorite foals over the years and still maintain the integrity of your breeding program as well as keep alive your love for your horses?
Champion and champion producing mare II Di IV, Thee Asil x My Shooting Star, bred by Arabians Ltd., owned by Laura Cronin and Diane Taylor
Why do some horses have an asterisk (*) before their name?
Question #3 submitted by John Johnson
In order to keep a pure SE line, how many generations should you be looking at on the mare side and on the sire side? I have read that the tail female line is very important to the development of these strains, should you be looking strictly at the female tail line or should you also take into account the sire’s tail female line? I am finding that it is much easier to get information on the various stallions then on mares probably because the stallions have a greater impact on the number of offspring they can sire versus the limited number from the mare.
Why do some of your horses have initials after their names, such as HP or RCA?
How do you choose which stallion to breed with each of your valuable mares?