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    11-06-2010, 12:07 AM
Finding/Choosing a Stud

My family has the privilege of jointly owning a talented and superbly bred Welsh Cob who also has a wonderful disposition. I am considering breeding her for the purposes of attaining a personal horse for me to ride recreational dressage and possibly trails with.

I've been going back and forth about a stud however. She's 13.2 hh and I would like to breed for a bit more size. The trouble is, it is very challenging to find a quality Welsh Cob stud that is (most preferably) at least 15 hh.

So I have been considering crossing her with an Andalusian stallion. My trainer owns him and would likely give me a good rate for his stud fee. I have also had the opportunity to be around him a fair bit, and I feel that he and my Welsh Cob mare would compliment one another beautifully. Both of them have wonderfully sturdy legs and hooves (which I'm a sucker for) and good conformation. Their temperaments are also very complementary and ideal for what I want.

I guess I'm just not sure of what I should do. Does a Welsh Cob / Andalusian sound like a nice horse to you? Should I be trying to maintain the "pure" blood lines if the resulting foal is meant to be my personal mount?

If you'd like to see pictures of the mare in question (she's the one currently in my avatar) you can click the link below.
Panache the red roan w/ flaxen m Welsh Cob (Section C)
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    11-06-2010, 12:17 AM
Hm well it depends if you want purebred. He/she would definitely be worth more money...but who knows maybe someone would want a Andalusion/welsh...
Conformation and temperment are very important but you will have to remember the Analusion spirit is going to show some in the baby. He would take more time and tons of patience, and if you want him for dressage....he would be nice in that category but would the welsh part? I've never heard of a dressage cob (I'm not judging I'm just not English rider so I don't know this stuff) Hm...I'd say if you want a taller and dresage like horse go for the andalusion but if you wouldn't do serious-hard-core dressage I would go for another Welsh stallion
    11-06-2010, 12:34 AM
Thanks for the input.

Fortunately the Andalusian spirit and brio is something that I want. It's part of my mare's temperament as well and I want to keep it. Both she and this Andalusian stud are very sweet and sensible, but they're also full of spunk. They're spicy without being flighty, and that's exactly what I like.

I do think that for more dressage purposes the Andalusian would be better. A lot of the cob studs I see are very drafty, and while I like them to be sturdy I don't want them so built up they don't have any flexibilty.

Even the half-andalusians tend to sell for a fairly good price... if I absolutely positively had to sell the foal at some point, which most definitely would not be my intention.
    11-06-2010, 01:50 AM
Cant give any breeding advice except I love anything mixed with Andalusian ;) lol. Your welsh mare is super cute! Good luck with whatever you choose!
    11-06-2010, 12:59 PM
I've never heard of a dressage cob
There are many dressage cobs, doing very well all over the world Gus.

I cannot comment on whether the breeding the OP has in mind would get exactly what she wants, inasmuch as when crossing breeds, the offspring might be exactly what she hoped for, like one or other of the parents or something she didn't expect or wish for at all.


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