Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
He'll probably end up 16hh+, maybe even over 17hh.
Personally, I wouldn't look at a friesian/shire cross simply because neither breed is known for their smooth gaits as riding horses. Friesian are VERY up-and-down in their movement, and shires are closely related to Clydesdales and gave the same big, floaty trot. Now, I'd take a shire's trot over a friesian's trot any day of the week, but I just don't see the mix making a good jumper or eventer. It might be okay for low level dressage, but eh.
If I were going to go with a draft cross for eventing, I'd look at something like a TB crossed with a draft or even a stock horse (QH or paint) crossed with a draft, like my guy. The TB/stock horse smooths out the bouncy, lofty gaits of the draft, while the draft imparts bone and substance. Also, judging the individual horse's conformation before the breed/cross is essential.
Honestly, it's a poor picture, but I'm not really seeing anything in that guy that I like.
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