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post #11 of 40 Old 08-29-2011, 10:44 PM
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That's interesting that you mare Magic was of the Gdansk line. The mare I rode looked a bit like your's, even being a flea bitten gray. She is about 30 now.
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post #12 of 40 Old 08-29-2011, 11:23 PM
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That's interesting that you mare Magic was of the Gdansk line. The mare I rode looked a bit like your's, even being a flea bitten gray. She is about 30 now.
They are wonderful horses. I have read Gdansk was a kind stallion. Must be his disposition passed on well. Glad you've seen her pics on here. I'll bet your girl was/is a wonderful mare if breeding is any indication..

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If I had to pick a Straight I'd probably go Russian, though Polish would be a very very close 2nd. My favorite domestic cross is Russian/Polish/Spanish and I tend to try to keep my breeding kind of 2/3 Russian/Polish and 1/3 Spanish in ratio. I like Russian/Polish horses for their substance, size and brains, Spanish for the huge eye and lovely demeanor. The 2 or 3 together....fantastic, IMO.

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If I had to pick a Straight I'd probably go Russian, though Polish would be a very very close 2nd. My favorite domestic cross is Russian/Polish/Spanish and I tend to try to keep my breeding kind of 2/3 Russian/Polish and 1/3 Spanish in ratio. I like Russian/Polish horses for their substance, size and brains, Spanish for the huge eye and lovely demeanor. The 2 or 3 together....fantastic, IMO.
I think a lot of breeders need to take into consideration that although these straight lines are great on paper they are seriously limiting themselves to extreme "line breeding" of the same horses repeatedly and creating horses with limited abilities.
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They are wonderful horses. I have read Gdansk was a kind stallion. Must be his disposition passed on well. Glad you've seen her pics on here. I'll bet your girl was/is a wonderful mare if breeding is any indication..
Carol Lyons related her own story of meeting *Bask once, she described him as smaller than he usually appeared but because he was so balanced he appeared larger than he actually was. His disposition was wonderful according to her, and I'm sure that Gdansk was as well. I've worked with a few daughters of his and have to say that they were excellent producers!

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It's funny, but when I speak to Polish owners they say their horses are the most athletic, when I speak to SE owners they say their horses are the most athletic, and so on! Me, I like Arabians...period. My mare is SE and she is a diva to the max, but I can jump on her and ride after a long layoff and she is the best. She is bred to a Polish stallion and I can't wait to see the foal!
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Crabbet - I've only dealt with one really. I loved him to death as he was my first horse but he left my butt walking home more times than I could count!
I am sorry but I just have to say that this made me laugh way too hard.
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I think a lot of breeders need to take into consideration that although these straight lines are great on paper they are seriously limiting themselves to extreme "line breeding" of the same horses repeatedly and creating horses with limited abilities.
Yes, some breeders forget to look outside their box that they stare into with their rose colored glasses.
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Personally, I love my polish bred mares, both good looking with a brain. I love the Varian and Khemosabi lines best. I don't care for the type which look like breyer models and are just as fragile.
Varian has nice stock.
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I love horses in general but even though I ride QH's now, I will always have a place in my heart for Arabs. It saddens me how they tie a bag on the end of a lunge whip to "perk" them up when presenting them to clients or fellow breeders. When I see a mare with her baby snorting at the bag the handler has in his hand, I want to cry. It's sad to me. I've known horses that if they don't "fire" up in halter class despite beautiful conformation and type, they didn't place well. I realize Arabs can be hotter than other breeds but if these horses were raised on a ranch, exposed to a variety of things, you would see a different Arab. Some of the Arabs are "off the wall" because breeders and judges make them that way, it is encouraged. That isn't a true representation of the Arabian horse.
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Some of the Arabs are "off the wall" because breeders and judges make them that way, it is encouraged. That isn't a true representation of the Arabian horse.
Very true. I just saw this at a show this weekend and it was heartbreaking. A National Champion scared to death of his handler with the most crooked legs there are, but it's ok; he "meets the standard" because he has the right backing, a famous name, and comes from money..

Not a true representation of the breed at all. I'll stick to Pharas and Crabbets..

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