Originally Posted by lillahimed
I have always held an inherent love and respect for the arabian horse. Not only is this breed beautiful, but I also adore the personality. That being said I also have a love for the "feathering" present in some breeds of horses, such as the Fell Pony. Is there a cross-breed of arabian or similar with feathering or does anyone have suggestions of how to create such a breed? Thank you
You cannot create a 'new breed' by crossbreeding anything. New breeds take many generations, more horses than most of us can afford and more years to accomplish, than most of us will have on this earth. Very careful records must also be kept.
Oh of course, you can crossbreed anything you want, give it a cutesy name and hope that some will believe it to be a real breed, and take their money. You can even start a registry for this crossbreed, on your kitchen table if you want. But really, anyone who does this, is just scamming the public and taking their money.
If you like feather, buy a feathered breed. There are only a few. Very few. Some with tufts are not considered a true feathered breed. Know that feather - true feather, is difficult to keep, even when breeding feather to feather. Crossbreeding a feathered breed to a non feathered breed, will often end up with enough to look untidy and not enough to be real feather.
Also, breeding a heavy horse to a very light horse, can end up with with nightmare conformation. We've seen it more than enough times, with the current fad of breeding so many light horses, to Friesians. It seldom works as we had hoped.
You can see a bit about feather here... About Feather