Originally Posted by Jessabel
When's the last time you saw a Gypsy or Gypsy cross in the Grand Prix, or any kind of significant competition? Never. They're not that great.
I've got a gypsy and regardless of whether she's got a closet full of ribbons or not, I really think she's a useful, versatile, powerful, and beautiful animal, even great in my opinion. I don't think the gypsy horse as a breed deserves a bad reputation and I don't think it's fair to lump gypsy horses and gypsy crosses in one category.
I don't like seeing horses of any breed bred or crossed without consideration for the soundness, usefullness, and the future of the resulting animal. It's a big topic that spans many different breeds, but if we're talking specifically about the crosses with gypsies and fresians, then maybe those registries should take efforts to discourage or limit the crossing of their mares and studs to other breeds. It's plain to see that irresponsible breeding degrades the reputation of the breed, so it seems logical to make it a mission of the breed officials to keep the practice under control. I don't see an effective method of limiting the crosses with any smaller action, and a larger action might put an uncomfortable level of government interference in all horse-owners' lives.
It's all a lot to think about and trying to imagine a solution is overwhelming.