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        08-01-2014, 04:26 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
    Many years ago a Shetland mare escaped from her field, travelled a couple of miles having to go through several fences, and got in with a TB stallion. The field was flat and no one believed he could have covered her.

    She produced a colt foal which grew to 14.2 and was one of the nicest ponies I ever had anything to do with. He won in the show ring and was a great junior eventing pony.
    That cross is a bit different, though. Both horses involved there are breeds that are very commonly bred for riding. Minis are not, so it's not likely that the result would be a nice quality pony like the one that you previously had experience with. I don't know about Shetlands in particular, but I know that Connemaras, Welsh ponies and some other pony breeds are intentionally crossed with TB and often come out as nice sport ponies, but a QH/mini just sounds like trouble to me.
         
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        08-01-2014, 07:08 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by 2BigReds    
    I know that Connemaras, Welsh ponies and some other pony breeds are intentionally crossed with TB and often come out as nice sport ponies, but a QH/mini just sounds like trouble to me.
    In my area we had tons on Welsh ponies crossed with TB's. Pony hunters/jumpers are a big thing here and it's not uncommon to have a few of those crosses in the classes.

    I agree too, I am hoping this QH/Mini was an accident..
         
        08-01-2014, 08:38 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Depends on what the mini stallion looks like, and what the mare looks like.You could get a really cute pony or you could end up with a funny looking critter. And w/o saying, the genetics from the stud and mare.
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        08-02-2014, 12:19 AM
      #14
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    Originally Posted by 2BigReds    
    That cross is a bit different, though. Both horses involved there are breeds that are very commonly bred for riding. Minis are not, so it's not likely that the result would be a nice quality pony like the one that you previously had experience with. I don't know about Shetlands in particular, but I know that Connemaras, Welsh ponies and some other pony breeds are intentionally crossed with TB and often come out as nice sport ponies, but a QH/mini just sounds like trouble to me.

    The true Shetland and not what is bred as one in the US is not a good pony to X breed and is rarely ever done so in the UK.
    To me Shetlands are a genetically deformed animal that look like they have dwarfism. Big heads, short necks, normal body size and short legs.

    I agree that they are bot ideal to cross breed, especially with minis but they might just get lucky.
         
        08-02-2014, 02:28 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Shetlands, the stocky little pony are cute ! The Registered shetlands look like small horses.
    And Minis are just pets , and many of them are malformed, short legs big heads .. dwarfish in appearance . I used to ride and drive a shetland when I was around 12-14 , he was not mishappen. I forget how tall he was , but he was not super tiny.
         
        08-02-2014, 12:31 PM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by stevenson    
    Shetlands, the stocky little pony are cute ! The Registered shetlands look like small horses.
    And Minis are just pets , and many of them are malformed, short legs big heads .. dwarfish in appearance . I used to ride and drive a shetland when I was around 12-14 , he was not mishappen. I forget how tall he was , but he was not super tiny.
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    That cross is a bit different, though. Both horses involved there are breeds that are very commonly bred for riding. Minis are not, so it's not likely that the result would be a nice quality pony like the one that you previously had experience with.

    Miniature Horses are not just ugly malformed short legged useless pets. And many, many of them are from Shetland blood. A lot of them are duel registered as AMHR/ASPC (Miniature/Shetland) I'm not sure how crossing a 41" tall Shetland to a Thoroughbred makes the world of difference vrs. Crossing a 37" Miniature to a Thoroughbred? Neither seems like a bright idea to me and if one is OK and regularly produces nice ponies then I am sure the other would as well.

    Stevenson - a properly bred Miniature Horse looks just as much like a small horse as a properly bred Shetland will. Well built is well built. Any Miniature with stubby legs, roach back, short neck and a large head is a dwarf - not stock that should be produced from obviously and not something that should be used to lump all Minis into the same group.

    My stallion is 31" tall and 1/4 Shetland. He can pull two adults down a trail, should have been shown jumping and isn't bad on the eyes.






    I'm not saying that its right, assuming the nature of the post I'd guess that it wasn't two "quality" animals that were bred either. To me, that is the biggest issue. Just correcting some assumptions is all.
         
        08-02-2014, 12:59 PM
      #17
    Started
    This sort of makes my hair stand on end.

    No slam on minis. Some are lovely and some are funny looking little ducks. But I would in no way want to take the chance that all would be well with this cross.
         

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