A tool for better estimation of the inheritance of exterior and movement characteristics
In 2010, the Holsteiner Verband started to linearly describe the offspring of young and outcross stallions from the first two breeding years in the context of the foal premium dates.
After a test run, linear description is now also used for mares (registration and performance test dates) as well as for the pre-selection of young stallions for licensing. Since the promotion of the breeding association within the framework of the EIP project, all foals presented are described linearly.
The progeny profiles of the stallions created from the linear data of the foals can be found in the online application "Holsteiner Pedigrees". The linear profiles of your mare and foal can be found in your member account under "My breeding stock".
The traits of the linear description
This assessment method describes the horses using a scale of ctraits from - 3 to +3
The linear description of the mares and stallions takes place in the exterior, in free running, at the hand as well as under the rider and in free jumping (mare registration, mare inspection and young stallion inspection).
The catalogue of traits contains about 160 characteristics.
In the description, only the conspicuous traits of a horse that deviate from the average are described. The gradation +3 or -3 represents the respective extreme. The "0" means that there is no particular conspicuousness for the horse with the respective trait.
The linear description of foals is carried out with a much smaller catalogue of traits.
Also in the case of the foals, only the conspicuous characteristics that deviate from the average are described.
Linear Description in Pferd+Sport
In the January issue of the association's magazine, the progeny profiles of the young and outcross stallions with at least 10 linearly described foals are explained in more detail by the breeding director.