I wouldn't really think it would genetically
matter which parent were the draft or the lighter horse. It's all a big genetics "toss up" in the end anyway...
Originally Posted by 250girl
Personally, I think it's the luck or the draw with draft light horse crosses, not which parent was which. Some turn out nice, and others not so nice.... that's just the way it is.
I agree. It's all a genetics game and a lot of luck to get a nicely built draft cross. I know I was pretty lucky with mine (ex-pmu Thoroughbred/ Percheron foal). But she does have weak stifles since she inherited more of the draft bone and thoroughbred muscle. I just have to make sure to keep her muscled and loose in her back end though, and they don't bother her.
Other draft crosses aren't as lucky and can mature to have some funky conformation...