M.G. Doliş

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STUDY ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE BODY HEIGHT SIZES IN FEMALE YOUNG HORSES OF THE SHAGYA BREED

M.G. Doliş, P.T. Nagy, Luminiţa Doliş, C. Nistor

Abstract
The scientific paper belongs to a larger project, which has as aim to study the growth and development of young horses. Thus, based on the body measurements done at different periods, we followed the evolution of main growth indices in Shagya young horses, under conditions of the Radauti Herd, Suceava County. This paper focused on the four sizes: withers height, back height, croup height and tail height. Our results have shown that on the entire studied period, height had a mean relative growth of 53.1%; the highest growth was recorded until the age of 6 months (14.9%). The relative growth of the back height was, on the average, of 51.5%, the greatest growth being found at the age of 3 months (13.3%). The croup height had a mean relative growth of 47.8%, the highest growth being of 12.7% at the age of 6 months. The relative growth of the tail height was, on the average, of 49%, the greatest growth being found at the age of 3 months (14.4%). Data found in this scientific paper may be compared to those in the literature, showing that the Radauti Herd has offered good breeding conditions for Shagya horses.

Key words: growth, horses, indices, Shagya, young horses