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    02-21-2009, 03:47 PM
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bad breed crosses

Are their any breed you would said never cross and why, such as to me gaited horse and a nongaited one. Please skip the it can't be registered, that is a given to a point.
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    02-21-2009, 04:22 PM
Hmmm...I can't think of any at the moment. I guess a Warmblood and Quarter Horse lol. That would be a wierd combo.

I had a pony cross once. Cutest and sweetest little pony. He was crossed with a Rocky Mountain and Welsh/Shetland. He was not gaited though. So I guess gaited and nongaited crosses can work out sometimes.
    02-21-2009, 05:48 PM
Originally Posted by eventnwithwinston    
Hmmm...I can't think of any at the moment. I guess a Warmblood and Quarter Horse lol. That would be a wierd combo.
Surprising a WB/Quarter is/can be a very nice cross. I have seen quite a few....none were disasters or even bad.

The worst cross I saw was a shetland/draft....horrible looking thing.
    02-21-2009, 06:28 PM
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I second Spyder. There is a Dutch Warmblood/QH cross in our barn that is VERY cute and very very fancy! I don't understand why people would cross 2 horses with very different builds/purposes. Breeding should always be done to enhance the strengths of 2 horses and get something even better then the sire/dam. Why breed something that just looks awkward with body parts that don't match? Of course, i've seen some poorly bred purebreds that aren't put together well either....
    02-21-2009, 08:02 PM
I really think it depends on how selective you are.

For example, here is a warmblood that I wouldn't classify as particularly well- put together, but she is a purebred Swedish Warmblood:

(Terrible shoulder, over at the knee, long front pasterns... to point out a few.)

Now, a cross that I find to be strange, when selectively bred, can turn out fantastic, for example:
Percheron/Arabian cross:

(as a cross reference... a bad one:)

Friesian/Peruvian cross (what?!)

    02-21-2009, 08:18 PM
Or you can end up with a quarter/WB that looks like this.

    02-21-2009, 08:28 PM
Those are really neat pics of the QH/WB. I just thought that they would be put together a little awkwardly, because of there different body types and performance levels... interesting though.

Spyder- Why would someone even breed a Shetland and Draft together...poor thing.
    02-21-2009, 08:47 PM
Originally Posted by eventnwithwinston    
Spyder- Why would someone even breed a Shetland and Draft together...poor thing.
Are are still people out there that say to themselves " I wonder what it would look like if I bred ________________ with ______________,
    02-21-2009, 09:58 PM
Lippizans crossed with other breeds is usually a shame...
    02-21-2009, 10:27 PM
I grow tired of backyard breeders, and uneducated breeders.

It isn't what is mixed with what breed - it is how the "person with the power" decides how to improve the animal.

Too many out there say "I have mare, so therefore I have the right" or "I have a stallion, so therefore I have the right"

There are too many uneducated owners - causing the plight of unwanted, unfunctional horses and adding to the over population that already exists.

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