Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Cambridge, New Zealand
Supermane - while the modern warmblood has a very strong pool of TB - in some ways too much now the origin was the cross between the draft and TB/Arab. Yes some lines have been identified as the type to get to the top in dressage - but the same bloodline might in all honesty have an equal chance to go to the top in showjumping should the right rider come along and compete the horse.
The activity in the dresge horse comes from the draught horse - the TB has a flatter lower knee action - the two horses of mine above show the difference in the 'type' of stallion used over the mare.
The chestnut is by a TB stallion and is built along the lines of a TB but with more substance than the TB - the only thing that identifies her with the Clydie is that she grows a beard and hairy legs in winter. She jumps - the paddock gate - when she feels like it and has done so since a foal - she is three now and stands at least 17hh. The Liver chestnut is by a Holsteiner, a lovely type of horse but with a plainer head and of heavier type. The result is the hunter type with a head more like his mother.
The old breeding rule of 'Blood over Bone' clearly shows the result with these two. While I would love to use a warmblood stallion I have to look at the fact that the warmblood will have draft horse genes in the pool and that I could end up with a horse with the heavier unwanted bone. The liver chestnut was the result of a free sevice for foal watching for friends.
The chestnut was purpose bred and apart from the colour (which was a shock as dad is black) the result was what I wanted and had expected. The mare will go to a TB stallion again next year.