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    02-07-2013, 02:14 PM
I had never heard of the "Desert Norman" until viewing this thread. The horse pictured above is absolutely beautiful! For some reason, it reminds me of the horse "Snowman" who was thought to have come from an Amish farm in the 1950's with suspected Percheron and Arab lines, although it could never be confirmed. Honestly, I wouldn't have considered this cross, but I've seen a few pictures and they look like solid horses, not to mention gorgeous.
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    02-07-2013, 02:57 PM
I'm not savvy with uploading pics but I'm going to try to upload my 4-year-old Desert Norman mare. She is a real sweetheart. I wasn't sure if the bonding I am enjoying comes from her being a mare or if it is characteristic of her Arabian blood lines. Whatever the case, she is a real sweetheart.

    02-07-2013, 03:00 PM
    02-07-2013, 04:10 PM

Here is a pic of my Desert Norman mare.
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    02-07-2013, 04:13 PM
Green Broke
Rode an incredible mare that was an oops baby, the dam was accidentally put in with the stud. She was 14.2hh grey arab, the sire was a 18hh percheron stud. Resulting filly was 17hh and amazing, stunning to look at and an incredible trail horse and jumper.
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    02-07-2013, 04:24 PM
Zamara 3

Thanks for the nice comments about Zoe. You can find out more about Desert Normans by checking out the Desert Norman Registry at Zoe is not a registered Desert Norman as her parents were unknown but the Registry thinks she meets all the breed characteristics and can be referred to as a Desert Norman. When I bought her I only knew she was an Arab/Perch cross and later found out about the Desert Norman breed. And yes when I read the Snowman book I found the similarities to Zoe's story striking as both came from the Amish, both went through the Amish auctions, and both excel in jumping. But Snowman to me looked like more of a Perch/TB cross as he had a good length of body.

I've been searching for folks who specifically breed Desert Normans and only found a couple references. But this cross has a lot of potential if a serious sport horse breeder would put some time into it because they are a very versatile breed and amateur friendly. Reminds me of the Irish Draught.
    02-11-2013, 02:10 PM
Smile Horse Happy Desert Norman Mare

Horse Happy your mare looks very much like Zoe in conformation. She is beautiful! Not sure about your farrier comment about not being suitable for eventing because she is too heavy bodied. Zoe events successfully at the lower levels. I've been told this type of horse is harder to keep in competitive condition for higher level eventing than say a TB, but it is doable with a focused training program. Zoe will never be a Rolex horse, or for that matter an FEI horse, but she is the kind of horse you can do just about anything with at the lower levels so it does not lock you into one discipline as your interests and/or abilities change. That's why I think they make great mounts for adult amateurs who are looking to have fun with their equine in the show ring or at home on the trails. They have easy going temperaments, are very rideable and comfortable since you are not sitting on a rail, good medium height that does not jar you when you jump off, very intelligent and easy to train, workmanlike about their jobs, well built so they are more likely to remain sound, affordable to buy and easy keepers. What more could you want?
Attached a pic of Zoe "jumping" the dog.
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    02-11-2013, 06:32 PM
Bgoricha, thanks for your kind words! Yes, they are good and honest and I'm guessing that they will become more popular as people become aware of these smart, sturdy, well-built and big hearted horses. Whether they ever do or not, I feel I have an absolute gem, as I'm sure you do too with your Zoe :)
    11-20-2013, 11:21 AM
I have a mare I purchased from a local horse dealer here in PA, I to have no breeding history on her, I think she may very well have been an Amish buggy horse as she does drive as well. She is approx. 11 to 15 years old and about 16hh. I believe there is a good chance that she is an Arab/Perch cross but honestly there's really no way of knowing.
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    11-20-2013, 08:07 PM
Lgg dressage, your mare is so lovely and has such kind eyes! She certainly looks like she might have Percheron in her lineage :) Congratulations!

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