Poll Recap: Choosing Foals’ Sex

The majority of respondents said they’d rather not choose a future foal’s sex ahead of time.
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One respondent said, “All I’d want is a safe delivery and a healthy foal! | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

In last week’s online poll, asked if you would take advantage of being able to select the sex of future foals through sex-sorted stallion semen. Nearly 850 readers responded and we’ve tallied the results.

Throughout the week, the results remained close between the three choices. Ultimately, 39% (333) of respondents said that they would not want to choose the sex of their future foals. Not far being, 35% (294) of respondents indicated they would choose a filly, and 26% (222) said they’d choose a colt.

Additionally, nearly 100 respondents left comments explaining why they chose their answers

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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