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    01-16-2014, 11:14 AM
Breeding Half Arabian


I am thinking of breeding my Half Arabian mare. She is about 14 hands and has had 4 previous foals. As much as I'd love to not do AI, I think it will be my only choice. There are not many nice stallions that I can find local to me that will be cheaper than 600 to go and drop her off at (I live in Reno Nevada). I am looking to breed her to a warmblood because I want to add height and some bone density to her. While conformationally she is not perfect, I don't feel that she is awful enough to not breed. Her four foals have had straight legs, nice gaits, good angles, and the two most important things to me, hoof size and good temperments. Has anyone bred their Arabian or half Arabian to a warmblood before? Or a smaller mare to a larger stallion? What are my chances of getting a taller foal? The taller the better for me! Oh and I'm looking for a dressage and possible low level eventer prospect from the foal.

Thank you!
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    01-16-2014, 02:31 PM
There are many nice Arab/warmblood crosses. The problem with breeding a half Arab is that the product gets much more variable. You never know if she will throw her light boned traits and how they will cross with a heavier boned stallion. I have seen some horrible Arab crosses that have short necks, bigger heads, light boned with a big body... It can be a real crap shoot when you are breeding a half- bred horse. If you would be happy with a replica of her, I wouldn't bother. There are an awful lot of Arab crosses, ( and I bred Arabs and half-arabs for many years) right now. It wouldn't be able to be registered with the arabian registry, and depending on the stallion wouldn't be able to be registered.
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    01-16-2014, 03:41 PM
I wouldn't do it with a 1/2 Arab. Well, ok, I wouldn't do it period but a lot of people do. I would stick with Pure to Pure though.
    01-16-2014, 03:45 PM
What is the other half? I currently ride a Trakehner/Arab cross in lessons and she's really nice; just under 17hh, really smooth, big gaits and pretty level headed.

The other thing you have to think about is that, unless you breed back to an Arab, you most likely won't be able to register the foal. While you can't ride papers, if you ever had to sell said foal for whatever reason, that is one thing that everyone looks for. Most people will probably tell you to buy a horse/foal that is already on the ground with the traits you are looking for because it is unclear what you might get. You could get a horse that is the same height as her with the bone density of a warmblood. It's tough to know.
    01-16-2014, 03:58 PM
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Another possibly is to find a purebred Arab stallion that is warmblood approved and competes in dressage. But if you have a low budget (you mentioned looking under a $600 stud fee), you may just want to save up and buy want you want to suit your desires. Saves you the expenses of breeding, mare care, additional vet care, foal care, etc. Breeding is a gamble, and breeding a crossbred mare to a warmblood who could also be a mix of breeds is a risky gamble. Odds are not in your favor to get what you want when you breed crosses that are so different from each other ;)
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