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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