I have spent the winter looking for a jumper prospect filly in my price range. Every time that I get close, it seems like the day I am ready to put money down, someone else bought the horse just before that. Living in Alaska adds about $2500 to the cost of any horse that I am looking at, so that limits my price range. When you are looking at Oldenburgs and Hanoverians, there is very little in my price range, and even less that is not total junk.
I have never been one to breed to produce horses that cannot be registered (with a reputable registry anyway). I am certainly one for responsible breeding...BUT.... I also know that the best jumper at our barn is a QH/Morgan cross. He is consistent at 3'6"-3'9".
Keep in mind that I am not looking for a horse to sell...I am looking for a hunter/jumper prospect for our barn. So my question is....how much of a bad idea would it be to breed our AQHA (registered) mare to a top notch Oldenburg or Hanoverian Jumping sire??
Our mare is very hunter type in her movement, is incredibly athletic, and has not done a whole lot with jump training, but has taken to it very naturally. She free jumped 3'9" last fall (after having her colt in the spring), and she WAY over-jumped. She is a very dainty 15 H... sometimes mistaken actually for and Arabian. With her colt still at her side, and having no show experience last year (and acting quite naughty actually), she won her hunter pleasure class, Low working hunter flat, and hunter hack. I have no doubt that she will do incredibly well now that we are going to be focusing on her riding/training/showing more.
I know that this is not a common cross, and any time that I thought about the cross, I would have wrinkled my nose at it, but looking at our specific mare, I am wondering if it might not be a bad idea? I don't know...