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    09-27-2012, 01:04 PM
Todd great point =) And great info from the rest of you as well! I have my eye set on a 10 year old Arab mare that I looked at yesterday. She was a blast to ride and had a nice forward walk that seemed like she could go forever. Finally a horse that enjoyed being out on the trail!!! I've been searching FOREVER. I posted her pedigree below as well as a picture (i know you can't tell much about her conformation)...can anyone tell me good/bad about her breeding? Thanks!

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    09-27-2012, 03:06 PM
Don't see anything wrong with her pedigree. She's triple Bask bred so that's a plus but then again that's a pedigree. Looks great on paper! As far as her confirmation, hard to tell from just the picture, but she looks to have nice big feet (is she barefoot?) Good rear end and shoulders. If she like to go down trail and is forward moving I'd say go for it. Overall she looks nice. And I like her age is good too.

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    10-08-2012, 06:30 PM
Yes she is barefoot and has nice big feet. I also agree with the age. Its a good time to have a break from riding babies and ride something a bit older with trail experience =)
    10-10-2012, 04:50 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
Any horse or breed CANNOT excel at the sport, but moving on,
I have been told to avoid Bey's flashy show lines,
Egyptians tend to be too dainty to hold up, at least for heavier riders.
Polish and Russians sturdy thick legs tend to make long term endurance horses.
Looking at those pedigrees I don't recognize any known endurance lines other than Bask, not saying they aint there but I don't recognize any of those names. There are bunches and bunches of untrained 2-4 year olds from established and respected endurance breeders going for cheap. I don't get the invitro sight unseen purchase.
I've been around Arabians (and have owned them) since the 1960's. With all due respect I beg to differ. The horses of the "Bey" lines are very athletic, look at what Sheila Varian has accomplished. Egyptians, especially the Babson-bred Egyptians, are some of the most athletic Arabians out there.

Quite often you will find very successful Arabian endurance horses with CMK lines, they are exceptionally athletic.
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    10-10-2012, 05:49 PM
Green Broke
My mare is egyptian, probably the narrowest horse I've owned, and she will go all day, through or over anything, carrying my fat butt all the way. Best horse I've ever owned. I plan on doing some endurance next year, so we'll see how she goes. The love of trails is just as important as the breeding or conformation.
    10-10-2012, 07:03 PM
Green Broke
All of the horses where I board are straight Egyptian bred. The barn manager's Arab mare is 15.1 and while she isn't a chunky QH she is by no means a tiny horse!!! They all have wide backs and good bone. She will be riding in her first endurance ride next month on Legato.
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    10-11-2012, 04:10 PM
EnduranceLover, I don't recognize the others but I did recognize Bask, Aladdinn, Witraz, Ofir and Skowronek to name a few...Raffles was sired by Skowronek, the foundation sire of the Polish bloodlines. There is also Egyptian and possibly spanish lines as well. The thing is two Arabian horses with "perfect" pedigrees and "perfect" confirmation don't always produce the "perfect" foal...the legs can be off, the ears two small or something less concrete ie temperament. I hope your foal is "perfect" and fulfills all your hopes and aspirations for it.
    10-11-2012, 04:36 PM
OP, I think you misspelled the sire's dam's name on allbreed. If it's Starry Serenade instead of "Screnade", that is. She is on there and would bring some more interesting lines.

With the Polish Arabians in there, you can't go wrong with any sport. Poland breeds only proven performers to proven performers. Mostly racing. And the "Bey" lines are also performance bred (had to say that, sorry).

As for stocky or dainty.....anybody who knows Arabians will know that their bones are denser than any other breed's and smaller horses carry more weight in relation to size than larger horses.
IMO, if that foal grows up well, with lots of room to run, with a herd, and is fed properly, I don't see where there should be a problem doing endurance. Maybe not the Tevis, but not very many at all make it that far, regardless of bloodlines.
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    10-12-2012, 10:03 AM
Altho we didn't do endurance my arab was always ready to go even after a 5 hr trail ride. He was built much like this mare when he was 10 and had big feet as well. Never did he pull a lame step in the 10 yrs I owned him. Myna Cryderman who competed a number of times in the Tevis Cup, kept her horses fit by making a large pen on two rises of ground so they were almost always moving up or down hill at the trot. She would exercise 4 at a time.
    10-12-2012, 08:33 PM
CMK Arabians have been fabulous in the endurance world. Real solid, hearty horses.
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