Breed Guess: QH x ?

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    03-24-2014, 11:49 PM
Breed Guess: QH x ?

Hi everyone! I bought an unregistered mare a few months back and am just starting to get her ready for low-level showing (for next year) with my barn. I don't plan on doing much but bonding and riding with her in lessons this year as I am a beginner rider and bought her because she is broke broke broke. I plan on buying a more athletic horse as my riding improves.

After riding her for a few weeks I'm starting to get quite curious about her lineage!

She is a Quarter Horse-draft cross. I knew that from the moment I bought her. However, I don't know WHAT she's crossed with and I'm wondering if any long-time draft owners have any good guesses as to what she might be.

Some characteristics to help you out:
  • Buckskin (I'm sure this rules some breeds out)
  • While I haven't officially measured, she is certainly taller than 15hh, but not much more than that
  • Quite round and bulky
  • Light feathering around the hooves
  • Thick, sloping shoulders
  • Drops her front end while cantering
  • Not a particularly thick neck
  • Tail is medium-lengthed... Could possibly be bred specific? Not sure if this helps.
  • ...Maybe someone can pick something out from her face, but I don't see anything that resembles a particular breed to me
I am really unfamiliar with the draft world - I appreciate any insight! :) Also, please don't mind her feet... They are being worked on consistently. Her previous owners didn't have her trimmed in over 8 months.

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    03-24-2014, 11:53 PM
I don't see Draft. At all. Do you have any proof that she's Draft or are you just guessing? She is thick and stocky and perfect for working all day long IMO.

Looks like a nice old style Foundation QH.

Now the real problem is...why isn't she in my pasture?
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    03-25-2014, 12:10 AM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
I don't see Draft. At all. Do you have any proof that she's Draft or are you just guessing? She is thick and stocky and perfect for working all day long IMO.

Looks like a nice old style Foundation QH.

Now the real problem is...why isn't she in my pasture?
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When I purchased her I was informed she is a QH draft cross. I guess that's kind of a thing to say (around here anyway) - these mixed breeds are just called "draft crosses". The previous owner was not the one who bred her, and when she was purchased for the previous owner she was told she was a draft cross (with the other cross being QH). Perhaps the QH side was old foundation, but there are no papers so I guess we'll never know!

I guess the previous owner just took it at face value and accepted that she was simply a draft cross and asked no further questions about the actual breed of the draft. The mare was being used as a trail horse so a draft cross was perfectly acceptable to her - she didn't need anything super athletic.

But that leaves ME to ponder what type of draft she is crossed with!
    03-26-2014, 04:51 PM
Well I managed to get a hold of the breeders. Turns out she is a QH perch cross :)
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    03-26-2014, 05:17 PM
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I agree, to me she just looks like a QH with no draft. It is possible that she has draft in her somewhere and it's just not showing up. I knew a friend's mare who was only 1/4 percheron, 15hh and very light boned. Looked more like a QH pony cross really and they always called her a draftXQH to anyone who asked.
    03-26-2014, 06:51 PM
To be fair, she has more QH in her than Perch. Her dam was full QH and her sire was a QH-Perch cross, so that probably explains the watered-down draft.
    03-27-2014, 08:51 AM
Perch would have been my guess. I see that and 3/4QH fits with her body and looks. I love her color.

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