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    12-17-2012, 05:54 PM
Arabian Crosses

What are some Arabian crosses that you know have been successful in endurance or CTRs? If you had the opportunity to breed an Arabian with another breed what would it be, other than the Arabian of course Although purebreds dominate the sport I'm interested to see what other breeds deserve recognition. Pictures of those who own half Arabs would be great! Happy Holidays
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    12-17-2012, 06:22 PM
Green Broke
Generally horse breeds in endurance results are simply listed as, Arab X,, which could mean anything. The way arabians register half arabians even though against the rules, alot of the Half's are registered arabian crossed with unregistered. I've also looked at half arabians that were 7/8th arabian 1/8 saddlebred, or was it standard bred. Whats a NSH again?
If I was breeding for Endurance, Id pretty much just look for a big arabian of crabbet or Polish lines. Looking at Tevis results you see a handful of other breeds, so would probably look there. TB, Morgan, saddlebred, a true Appaloosa, not just the colored QH stock, NezPerce horse.
Currently I am sitting on two nice Walkers, and can really only keep 2 horses. I want a big Arabian or an at least 3/4 arabian, but can't get one unless I trade/sell one of my Walkers, Soooooooooooo I am campaigning a TN walker at the moment.
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    12-17-2012, 06:25 PM
Joe, NSH are arab/saddlebred crosses. My old gelding is 3/4 arab and 1/4 saddlebred and registered half arab. His registered name is Dakota Seabreeze (hate it!).
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    12-17-2012, 06:55 PM
Yes, NSH (National Show Horse) are Saddlebred/Arab. My aunt has a NSH gelding who is an amazing endurance horse. She has raised him from a yearling and brought him up slow, and just started competing him last year at the age of 8. Phenomenal recoveries...she gets to a hold, dismounts, and walks to the vets and he's down to 40s by the time she gets there...he's a big black freak of nature! I posted a picture of him below...out of pure jealousy of course


I guess what I'm asking is what is your favorite "cross" with atleast some arabian bloodlines. I personally would take a purebred Arabian any day, but I also like a few Arab crosses such as Quarabs, NSH, and Anglos.
    12-17-2012, 09:51 PM
Personally I'd look into breeding them with one of the old style, classic Morgans, those horses are just the best! :)
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    12-17-2012, 10:28 PM
Green Broke
Love that NSH, looks like a serious yah mule there.
Depends on where you ride, lots of breeds can have the endurance for endurance, the problem comes with heat management. That's wher eyou run into problems with QH and Morgan crosses. And also My TWH. Heat, Those big butt muscles hold heat. Higher heat, needs more water, which leads to more dehydration and higher pulse rates. My walker mare runs like a champ when its 60 or below, temps start climbing and so do pulse down times. That being said a close friend that runs walkers went to a florida winter ride, temps dropped like a rock, lots of Arabs were cramping up at the holds, shivering and stiff and not moving out. She won event with no issues.
    12-19-2012, 03:17 PM
Green Broke
A friend used to compete on a quarter/arab. He could go for days, but as Joe said, the extra muscle takes its toll, he always took a bit longer to pulse down.

I'm likely crossing my arab with a thoroughbred for an anglo arab to replace her with. From what I've read its a fantastic cross.
    12-19-2012, 03:31 PM
I've seen a few Arab -Standardbred crosses who did really well in endurance, were taller with more frame, super tough, a lot of "forward" and pretty to boot. That was in Europe, tho, don't know if anybody tried that here yet
    12-19-2012, 03:39 PM
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My pinto is supposed to be an arabian x saddlebred, she is a great little horse but I find she loses steam on a long trail ride sooner than our two cobs do which is surprising
Arab x TB, morgan or welsh are all good crosses for anything that requires stamina
    12-19-2012, 03:40 PM
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
I've seen a few Arab -Standardbred crosses who did really well in endurance, were taller with more frame, super tough, a lot of "forward" and pretty to boot. That was in Europe, tho, don't know if anybody tried that here yet
A friend of mine bred a few Arab/Standie crosses and they were wonderful! Athletic as all get out and sweet personality too. Couldn't GIVE them away. I think a gal back East bought a couple for a song, and loved 'em, evented on them but here in OK, not sure if it was the Standiie, the Arab or the cross but she stopped breeding them because no one here would even look at them. I've found that prejudice against Arabs but didn't know that some folks felt the same way about Standardbreds.
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