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        11-08-2013, 05:00 PM
    Originally Posted by ArabianGirl27    
    SunnyDraco- oh, that's weird...where I heard about Pintabians, it said 92-something (somewhere around there anyway) percent Arabian and the rest Paint. But anyway, the technical definitions aren't important; my point is that most people who own Paint/Arabian crosses say they seem to be (on average) very laid-back. :P

    Oh, and the stallion I'm looking at is 4 years old this year, so he doesn't have much of a show record, but he has been shown a bit and they're planning on showing him more this year, I think. His sire is A Tru Rolex.
    Over 99% Arabian and less than 100% Arabian to be pintabian registered. They bred for color pattern (tobiano) which is found in many breeds and bred to keep as close to the Arabian type as possible. Saddlebreds are common crosses to Arabians, they also can carry the tobiano pattern. You may hear that Pintabians are very quiet, but others may say the complete opposite. Each horse is an individual and may or may not follow expectations you hear about. Many people have prejudices about various breeds and/or genders, this could be based on experience or stories they have heard.

    I think you missed the part when I mentioned my mom's boss mare who is sired by an APHA stallion and out of an AHA mare. She is beautiful in conformation, build and movement. She is not laid back unless she is in a standing heat and near a stallion (she will practically fall asleep for a stallion) or everything in her world is absolutely perfect, which is not when part of her herd is taken out of sight and many other little things. Her own foals have been so much better and laid back, and it wasn't from having paint bloodlines, it was from selecting a stallion (purebred Arabian) with a solid brain and laid back personality.

    Crosses vary greatly, you can never determine the confirmation and build. The very experienced cross breeders are successful because they know what works and what doesn't. Taking every fault into consideration when choosing mare and stallion. I had mentioned the 5 very different foals we got from the same Quarter horse stallion, none of them had the same build or temperament. They are individuals, even the full siblings were built differently. A sister was short, wide, laid back, built like a stocky quarter horse, the brother was taller, sleeker, high energy, spooky, and carried himself like an excited Arabian.

    You will show more maturity if you show patience and restraint, especially when you want to breed. You are young, your mare is young. There is no rush, do not get pressured into breeding by a friend that thinks it would be fun to have foals at the same time. Your friend won't be finacially responsible for your mare. Ever read the horse classified section near the end of summer/beginning of fall? Lots of horses hit the market because their owner is going to college and their family isn't going to keep them.
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        11-08-2013, 07:37 PM
    I have seen some wonderful arabians. I know someone who has an arab that LOOKS JUST like a stocky cutting bred quarter horse. She is a vary nice varian bred arab and all her foals hit the ground sold for 10k. My lil arab mare is calmer then most the full blooded QH I know. I have seen some squarrlie arabs, and as a general rule they are not my favorite breed. I have seen even crazier qh/paint arabs but Saddlebred X arabs are nice. They have a registry the National Show Horse registry and half arab. And going with a 4 year old stud is NOT a good idea. He is still young so you can't tell his personality. Some studs are laid back until they mature, then they are monsters, and some are stupid until they grow up a bit. I would wait until he is at least 6 and shown more. IF IF I EVER bred a mare (Not mine she never should be bred) I would pay for a stud with at least $100,000 in earnings. Not only has he more then proven himself but his foals will have value. I learnt how to ride and work with horses on a Cutting horse ranch in Colorado. The horses were worth on average 20k and had more then that in earnings under their belts, mares included. Not only did they get the athletic ability but they got the conformation and temperament (the stud would be left unhandled in a field for a year then go back to work with no issues what so ever). Shop around for a GOOD stud. The market here is CRAP for horses. I could pick up a horse that is show ready with amazing breeding for less than 1k. And so can the Kill buyers. Remember that. Breed a mediocre mare to a less than quality stallion and you could end up with a foal who might get the BAD genes for BOTH parents.

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