Can you breed the Quarter out of a cross?

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Can you breed the Quarter out of a cross?

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    09-07-2008, 01:09 AM
Can you breed the Quarter out of a cross?

I have a qh/arab. I don't know much about pedigree lines but I know how expensive a purebreed can be. So I was wondering, Is there any way to breed her to a purebreed arab and then breed her offspring to a purebreed arab to finally end up with a true purebreed arabian???
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    09-07-2008, 01:40 AM
I don't do any breedings, but you'll never be able to get the quarter horse out of the foal... it's always going to be there.. even if she's 1/16 quarterhorse.. it will still be there.

But I don't know how the registry works for Arabians...
    09-07-2008, 02:28 AM
I would say no. There would still be x amount of QH in the resulting foals. You could probably breed the "look" out of them, but never the blood. And more than likely they would not be able to be registered as full bred Arabians.

In this market, full bred registered anythings(minus the exceptionally rare ones) shouldn't be that hard to find if you know where to look.

Lot's of what ifs in this one. What if the mare doesn't have a filly? Would you then breed the colt to an arab mare to continue your quest? Where would you get the mare? What would you do with the resulting foals, if by their breeding, they wouldn't be what you wanted? Do you have the TIME to get what you were aiming at getting?

I would say, however expensive a good full bred horse would be, it would still be less expensive than breeding multiple foals in hope for something different.
    09-07-2008, 03:13 AM
Green Broke
While some breeds do allow certain outcrosses or allows a certain % of non-breed blood, I don't believe that is the case for the arabian. They are sticklers for purity of blood. Heck I believe some of the original stallions could no longer be used to produce registered arabians if they bred a non-arabian mare. He was considered contaminated.

You would be better off buying a purebred if you really desire one.
    09-07-2008, 12:27 PM
Green Broke
At the RBATF (really big arab training facility) I worked at, I had this exact conversation with the breeding manager. Even if you had a foal with this line waaay back, it would still be considered a "half-arab" - still registerable, just not with the arab assoc.

There might be a special clause somewhere that allows "super stupendous win everything be a great asset to the breed" horses to be considered for registry, but as a general rule, I'd have to say "no".
    09-07-2008, 11:58 PM
Thank you all so much for responding. My sister is the one who was intrested in a pure arabian. I think I will tell her to just take her time and buy one she is comfortable with. We thought it would be nice to use Jewel because well, we just like her but I know there are plenty other likeable horse and if she goes on to do any showing, I guess she needs the pedigree to go along with it. Again, thank you all who commented.

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