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post #1 of 10 Old 07-18-2011, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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I have, what I was told, is a QH mare, that we are selling. However since she is a grade I have no idea. I've been told she is definitely part arab, which I can kinda see. Arab people around here love her, especially endurance riders. But I'd like to be able to say we have some idea of what she is.

The lady I got her from wasn't the most honest it appears (especially about her riding level at the time). I was told she was able to be registered but the breeders never did. She was suppose to be out of a paint stallion bred to a zippo bloodline QH mare. However the paint was apparently all QH bloodlines. I know nothing about QH bloodlines so I cannot comment on that.

She is a solid chestnut however we are finding she is growing in more and more white body hairs (almost ticking style). She has a very "fine" face, a large hip, and large body.

Anyway I'd like other opinions. Of course I still have no idea, but does anyone else see arab?

Here are some photos. I do apologize, some are older than others but wanted to get as many as I could that would help:


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post #2 of 10 Old 07-18-2011, 06:00 PM
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She's a nice looking little girl. I've owned QH for 50 years and I don't see arab. The white is the sabino gene. I have registered QH's who have that. As far as I know AQHA does not register grade horses, but you could check. Oh, and a little note...Quarter Horses are sorrel, not chestnut. :)
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I don't know enough about her history to say if she is what they say she is. Of course I see a QH hip and a tank for a body (from what I'm told it is older QH style to have a tank body), but she has a very different head style than the QHs I've seen and if she is showing off, boy does that tail go up in the arab and she gets a little prancy trot, which I've seen in the arabs I've come across. But again, I have NO idea. All my horses are mutts with no back history on them. She is just interesting because I've met three arab people and all swear she could be QH/Arab. But it doesn't match up with the history I have on her. :)

Thanks for the info. And didn't know that about color on QHs. I just say Chestnut because that is what the old owner called her. Very interesting!

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The first horse I ever owned was QH/Arab, he had one less rib like the Arab does. You could have her DNA typed if it really matters to you.

As far as when she is at liberty. My QH's can throw their tails over their backs, prance and dance just like an Arab. We have a double bred Doc Bar filly that has a floating trot. Our Nu Chex to Cash son can turn a 180 in the air. Sounds like she's a healthy happy girl.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-19-2011, 07:07 PM
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I see a very nicely bred QH there don't see any Arab at all!
Her fine face is a fine QH face not an Arab face. I have met many well bred pure AQHA's who look exactly like her!

Alot of ppl think my mare has Arab in her because of her face and fine bone but nope everyone in her pedigree is either a reg APHA, TB or AQHA
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^^Agreed, I don't see even a hint of Arab there. She is an attractive grade QH mare. One thing that is often seen (but overshadowed by the body) is the finer boned head on many QHs. Some of them do have those petite heads that rival Arabs for fine-ness.

As for her endurance, it's not common but not exactly unheard of either for a QH to have amazing endurance. I am riding one just like that right now, a mare that you can ride for hours at a long trot or a lope and she's got just as much energy left at the end as she did at the beginning of the ride.

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I dont see any Arab either. Could just be me though. Shes a great looking horse! Love her build!!! I used to ride a Arab/QH, and her body was complete QH, but her head was Arab....I dont see any Arab in her head....good luck with her!!!
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Thanks all, I certainly appreciate it. I'm not a QH person so I wouldn't know much about them. I'm very much a gaited horse person and I find it easier to nit pick those than trotters.

It is certainly interesting. I guess the next question would be what does everyone think of her build? But I can move that to the critique area.

I think it could be possible then that she is a QH out of a paint stallion and a mare from zippo lines. :)

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She looks like a QH. I don't see any Arab in her at all. She's a very good looking horse and I would love to have her! She's built like a tank, her head is definately Quarter, and everything else just scream QH to me.

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-20-2011, 08:45 AM
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I can see a little arab in her, not very much though, she looks like a QH to me...
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