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    09-29-2011, 03:48 PM
thoughts on Arabian crosses

I have an Arabian mare, registered, with what I think to be a good build and beautiful movement. A dressage rider of mine drools when she sees her and can't wait until I really get her going under saddle so she can train her dressage for me. She's green broke, but is the easiest horse I've ever trained. Extremely smart, very willing, confident and sensible. She can be a *little* hot, I wouldnt really say hot but hotter than most. I've been thinking of breeding for a sport horse for jumpers or eventing. I thought about breeding this mare to a TB, but I prefer a little heftier build and I ADORE my Friesian cross mare, so I thought about a refined Friesian, or even a Friesian/Arabian cross to breed her to. Then I found out from the barn owner where I board, and who I bought this mare from, that he has two free breedings to this gorgeous, absolutely breathtaking, tobiano. Big warmblood build, about 16h+, good conformation and a darling personality. I met him several years ago when looking for a horse for sale. So I was thinking of maybe going that route with her. This mare is 15.2h and has had one foal before, but it was about 6 yrs ago. What do you guys think? This is my first Arabian, most horses I've dealt with have been either QH or TB crosses of some sort, so im at a loss as to what would really cross well with the Arabian. I want a thicker, yet still agile and athletic horse that isnt too hot. (I would like to be able to have others ride it as well, not just me so calmer would be ncie!) What crosses well with Arabians?
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    09-29-2011, 03:59 PM
Green Broke
Personally my favorite breed to breed to an Arabian is an Arabian.
You could probably find what you want without waiting 4 years.
    09-29-2011, 04:08 PM
Green Broke
I like the Friesian/Arab crosses that I have seen! I've even seen some Andalusian/Arab crosses that were pretty nice, also.
    09-29-2011, 04:21 PM
I really don't have an opinion on what kind of horse to breed her to, but Whisper is an arab/paint and while I didn't intentionally buy her for that, she is has an awsome personality and is absolutely the most affectionate horse I have ever met. I have never come across a horse that will let you hug their face the way she would. She would also follow anything around (human, horse, dog, cate) just for a little attention. Anyway, I think it's the arab in her that gives her that extra personality. Even though her trainer thinks arabs are the most useless horse, he's not the type to care about how affectionate his horses are. I do, to a degree, and Whisper was bursting with affection. I just don't think I would have gotten that if she wasn't half arab. Unfortunately I sold her last weekend because of her size and being too green for me, but letting that horse go was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.
    09-29-2011, 05:11 PM
Natisha-Im afriad ill get a too refined horse, I prefer a little more meat under me :) lol. My arab mare is thicker and I feel pretty comfortable with her but, as of now, she isnt showing an interest/great ability in jumping. She isnt terrible, but I think shell be more of a flat mare.

Gigem-I have just LOVED the friesian/arabs I've met, and I completely adore my friesianx mare. She's worth her weight in gold in my opinion! I want to duplicate so many things about her, but conformationally I shouldnt :( but im also wondering if a friesian/arab will take me through higher levels in eventing so im a little nervous about that pairing even though I know id just LOVE it im sure :)

Whisper-The farm im at breeds half arab sport ponies, and I love all their personalities! They have just enough to keep you entertained but you still feel 100% safe around them. I love it! I was thinking this paint might be a good match simply because he has a warmblood build, so not overly thick but not overly refined. Plus he's big so it wont be a short lil foal. Lol.

As of now im competing my Friesianx mare and will be for the next couple years since she just started showing this year. However, she isnt going to be a top level horse due to some conformation faults that I think will limit her to 3' or lower. Due to that, im thinking ill breed Fairah (the arab), and keep competing on Sophie so that way I can get a hang on eventing since I just started it and get good at BN with Sophie and then after a couple years ill be able to start training the foal and *hopefully* take it up through the levels while I still do some competing on Sophie. Once the foal gets fairly competitive I may pass Sophie on to be a packer for some students. (Ill never sell her though, my kids will ride this mare!) Id like a competitve 3'6 horse though and Im not ready to be highly competitve right now since im getting settled into married life, training horses, and such, but in a couple years id like to do more than one show a month or so and ill need a horse to do it on!
    09-29-2011, 05:50 PM
Green Broke
How can you be certain the foal will be what you want? That's a big risk when you could look at something with the bone & desire that you need, something already here.
I'm not saying you shouldn't breed your mare, I'm just suggesting that a more sure way would be to purchase a horse that fits your criteria.
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    09-29-2011, 06:08 PM
I have a Hanoverian Arabian cross. He has good bone, feet and a butt that would make foundation QHs jealous. The Hano has calmed him down a little, he's less reactive, but he still has plenty of fire when you ask for it. As far as athleticism... =) So far we're school 3'6" with no issues and under an experienced dressage rider he is amazing to watch work.

To be honest, I've never liked Arabs, always too small for me, and seemed whacky. But I really love the edge that Primo has, and that slightly dishy face just looks elegant. I wouldn't trade him for the world.

You have some time before you'd breed your mare, do your homework, and find a stallion that will improve and compliment your mare. Breeding is a guessing game, you may or may not get what you want.
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    09-30-2011, 07:16 AM
If I had something very specific I wanted to do, like upper level eventing, I would buy not breed, as breeding is an utter crapshoot. Especially when you're crossing a light horse with a heavier horse. The foal might be perfect for your discipline of choice. Or not. You won't know. Just a thought, since you mentioned you had the specific goal in mind of the potential foal taking you beyond where your current mare can go.

Do you have any pics of a Friesian-Arab cross? Just curious, because I have had people ask me at shows if my horse was one (she's not).
    09-30-2011, 07:29 AM
I love arabs and arab crosses, but a fresian is NOT someting I would try. The ones I've seen have been FUGLY. There was one was just 1, so not the norm.
Breed to like breeds, not two totally diffrent types. That always ends in some sort of frankenstien horse.

Why not a warmblood ( friesians are too drafty) or even a saddlebred? Saddlebreds do very well in the sport horse diciplines and they will give you that 'big feel' you want.
    09-30-2011, 08:56 AM
Yeah, definitely should not breed a light horse with a heavy horse...Oh, wait....

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