Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Just to stick my nose where it probably doens't belong... but I am all for cross-breeding... to a point. I believe that breeders can create amazing corssbreeds that take the best of both breeds and try to cancel out the bad associated with a purebred, i.e. with TBs and their (generally) soft feet - breeding to a QH might be able to get rid of that problem in the offspring. Another great example are all the Warmbloods out there - I had a great mix of a Holsteiner and Tb.
However, it's when a backyard breeder (no offence meant to anyone on this forum, I'm using the term very broadly trying to incorporate only those who don't know what they're doing) goes and breeds a mal-conformed, impure (grade or otherwise) mare to a bad stallion, and produces a foal that nobody wants, and ends up going to slaughter. Or they keep a badly conformed stallion, and offer cheap stud fees that attract people not willing to pay for quality.
I personally like to buy horses that are, or can be, registered, but that is just my own personal opinion. (Certain cross-breds can be registered under different registries.)
To get to the question at hand... you might want to consider just buying a new horse. I know it's very appealing to breed your mare and produce a baby to raise it on your own, but there is a lot of chance associated with breeding your own foal, and should not be taken lightly.
I would be very careful about breeding to a tall, thickly built stud, especially if this is the mare's first foal, as you don't want to make birthing a big foal a complication to deal with. Since she is a smaller mare, you might not get the height and thickness you want in a foal, so you need to beware. In my opinion though, I would go for either a QH, paint or TWH stallion, to stick with a breed that is around the same height of the mare, but might incorporate some sturdyness.
Hope this helps!
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