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post #1 of 4 Old 01-29-2012, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Good Bashkir Curly Crossbreeds?

This is simply hypothetical, but I always like to learn new things so I will go out and ask it. What breeds of horses would complement a Bashkir Curly in a potential cross?

I have heard that maiden mares do best if bred by live cover rather than AI. With that in mind the potential [Bashkir Curly] studs that I am looking at are quite a distance away. I wouldn't want to just ship my mare across the country to get her bred, nor would I want to do an AI and not accept the foal if it comes to that. So that would simply leave me with the option of breeding to a horse that is closer, that is not a Curly. I figure if I can get a real nice foal out of it then it would be worth it. I would want to avoid breeds that clash intirely, and that can complement eachother's strong points.

I am thinking of going towards a more light cross that could make a nice harness horse but built enough for riding. My mare is sort of cobby, so I am not sure how her and perhaps a Morgan would fit together. Plus with a more rare breed like the Curly I can't google the cross and expect 1000s of pictures. I want to breed a foal that is actually worth something if the need arose to sell him or her before they proved themselves. If you could not only suggest a breed but suggest a stud that would be wonderful. I am looking for ones in Wisconsin or near the border of WI.

I understand the risks and will be a responsible owner no matter what. This is more hypothetical than anything so I am not really asking to be brought back in line. If it helps I will attach a photo of my mare. She has a bit Quarter Horse in her but I am not that much of a QH lover. If I could find a nice one that isn't built for showmanship I wouldn't mind, but I don't want a bulldog on stilletos.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-29-2012, 11:14 PM
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I own a Curly x Morgan. I saw the dam when I bought him and all he really got from her was her topline and temperament. They did not know the stud as they bought the mare with her colt at auction as the mare was papered and dirt cheap. The bulldog on stilettos description made me laugh, and is kinda like our guy. He has fine legs with substantial backend and strong neck. I bought him to train as our Guest horse, so his finer bone but straight legs are no concern. What is interesting in this guy is he is slab sided and tied- in at the elbow. I am pretty sure the stud was consistent at creating that fault as I found him advertised in the area and his markings and conformation are too much like our guy. Any how, those faults don't really impede him at all, if anything he makes a spectacular cart horse by his front end movement and his hind end being Morgan gives him allot of forward movement. It's alot smoother to ride than it looks too.
Back to breed crosses though, I have seen direct Arab crosses to get prettier heads and it did not work. That curly type head is really strong. I loved a percheron x curly that I rode one summer, he was a well balanced horse but very big boned. Due to the 'Fro'' making curlies neck look thick, I would suggest upright well carried necks in the cross are a must. All in all, the pretty Morgan did not pass it on to our guy, but we've had lots of fans made and a standing offer to buy him if we ever want to sell him. Good luck with your future cross!
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-30-2012, 10:46 PM
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I've been wanting to get my hands on a Curly Friesian cross someday. I've seen a few I really liked.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-30-2012, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Crossover View Post
I've been wanting to get my hands on a Curly Friesian cross someday. I've seen a few I really liked.
Found a pic of a good-looking curly/friesian cross filly. She was a pinto. However, good luck finding a friesian stallion owner with a good enough stallion to breed to that will do an outcross. From my understanding, once a friesian stallion breeds outside the breed, they lose their certification or whatever it is (my brain is dying, so I can't remember what it's called...I know it, I just can't remember it. lol).
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show you that I can.
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