Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
So are you looking to buy a particular foal or breed one?
I think that great horses can come in any breed or mixed breed. That when buying a horse consideration should be given to the horse in front of you, more so than just breeding. In many breeds I have seen excellent and poor individuals.
However, saying all of that I would only breed for a registered "purpose" foal. I'd breed for the best example of that breed I could, choosing parents that are similar enough to compliment each other and breed a foal with a solid "purpose". This is because I think breeds are there for a reason. People have spent many years breeding horses to get individuals who are perfect for their purpose. These days lots of people breed crosses that while okay don't often excel. That's fine, and it's fine to own horses like that, I've owned some great crosses but I don't think it's a good idea to purposely breed these.
This may sound like an anti-breeding rant, and it's not meant to be! I'm just saying that you can go out there and buy the near perfect horse that people have spent generations breeding, but crossing two rather different breeds you don't know what you're going to get. You might get a QH built horse with a flighty TB temperament. You might get short legs on a fine body, a low headset on a fine build. One of the slowest, laziest horses I know is a TB, so you're not guaranteed speed. I've seen a few different QH crosses and they can be vastly different. Some are absolutely gorgeous and talented and some are just...not.
Think it through, I did the numbers a while ago on if I should breed a horse, and by the time you pay stud fees, vet fees, feed and care for a mare for a year and a half, and a foal for however long, it's often a similar cost to buying a foal or yearling, or even a two or three year old, and then you can see what you're getting, less surprises and I think you have a better chance of getting what you want.
So I don't know, I like Quarter Horses, and I like Thoroughbreds, but I don't know if a cross would suit any purpose well.