Originally Posted by Joe4d
ok makes sense, so playing law of averages, an Arab mare TB sire, would more likely produce a more Arab like offspring than a TB mare X Arab stud.
Probably, but again much depends upon prepotency. TB's are of primarily Arab origin, so on paper the cross makes sense, but honestly I wouldn't recommend it in your case. If memory serves me correctly, your discipline is endurance. Remember that TB's have been bred to be overspecialized. Ask yourself if you want to use a cross where one of the breeds has a current history of fragile bones, joints, and hooves. If you only do flat work on dirt that cross may be OK, and it is certainly OK for dressage type events, but I wouldn't recommend it if you plan to do any endurance in moderate or rugged terrain. That doesn't mean no TB/Arab cross can do rugged endurance, but it is not a direction I would go in myself...the risk of injury and breakdown is just too high. I think half Arabs are the best endurance/trail horses there are in more rugged terrain, but I prefer to cross the Arabs with Appys or Quarterhorses (with the proper fast/slow twitch muscle composition), resulting in endurance with power, and sound bones, joints, and hooves. Just my opinion, of course...