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HORSE AND HOUND with Coral Keen: a family affair

Breeding horses is renowned for being a difficult game. I adore all our Total horses, but definitely didn’t order one to come out at 18.1hh! That being said, we have had some major milestones with our home-grown lot recently, so I thought for this week’s blog I could attempt to link up the family trees of the small breeding operation that goes on here at Glebe Farm.

I think I have to start with Total Belief, our first home-bred. Born on 1 April (hence the stable name April), she came into the world as an enormous windswept foal. We had never seen offspring so big, so the fact that she couldn’t stand was not ideal. It was a huge Team Keen effort to hand rear this XL filly for the first two weeks of her life, and we were all very relieved when she successfully came out the other side.

April is out of a 16.1hh National Hunt mare, who has thrown us some very big horses (the 18.1hh one mentioned above, Total Darkness, is out of the same mare). April is also on the tall side at 17hh+, but with her generous nature (her huge ears were always an indicator of that), she has been amazing to produce.

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