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post #1 of 29 Old 08-06-2014, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Healthiest breed?

Okay guys in your opinions what breed would you consider the healthiest breed? Particually with regard to genetic condition that DON'T have tests for.

Reported it thanks to my gargantuan lack of a brain. Thanks Tinyliny.

Oh and on a side not nothing Donkey related as they don't do well in shetland and no arabs or that type (sadly) my mum doesn't like that type of horse though I will one day convert her.

Now a little background and the reason behind the question.

The reason for the question is we have been breeding/showing/training British Shetlands for a few years but we are have had a hellish time with our stallion who sadly is most likely being put down tomorrow due to a genetic fault that is untestable and appears to be much more prevalent in the breed then we thought. We aren't planning anything for the near future we're talking like 10 years down the line when I have finished what I have/hope to do at uni. So now because of this problem with our stallion and the yearling we have by him (she was was 3 days old when he was diagnosed) my mum no longer wants to breed shetlands as we really don't want to go through this heart break again. However in the future we do want to find a different breed to research meet a few ect to find a new breed though we off course are keeping most of our shetlands as pets and for showing.

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post #2 of 29 Old 08-06-2014, 08:13 PM
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Hi, out of curiosity what is the genetic condition ? Have you considered some thing larger than shetlands ? or finding a diff lineage than your stallion since it is genetic or is it common to the british shetlands overall ?
There are Welsh ponies . I don't know how common quarter horses are in your location but there are diseases herda , hypp which can be tested , to be safe stay away from poco bueno and impressive lineage. Some problems with Belgians etc lymphatic problems.
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post #3 of 29 Old 08-06-2014, 08:43 PM
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I've really found Arabians to be extremely hardy and very healthy. Especially the Crabbet-bred Arabians.
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He has bilateral patella luxation at first we thought it was just his line, but then our yearling has it and her dam is from a completely different line (they know its recessive so she has to carry it) and a fried had a filly from a completely different line all together. We were thinking quarter horses or paint something along though lines but we aren't sure how they would cope up here as as far as I'm aware there are none up here and we are a completely different climate then the rest of the world.

Welsh are a no too Araby again my mums choice we run the stud together so its not just my decision as I really like Welsh A & D and Arabs.

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post #5 of 29 Old 08-06-2014, 09:36 PM
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of all my horses my mustang by far has been the healthiest but genetic wise it is touch and go with them. My husband's paint has also been very healthy.
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post #6 of 29 Old 08-06-2014, 09:53 PM
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I am so sorry about your stallion, is that him in your avatar?

Is gelding him a possibility?

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post #7 of 29 Old 08-06-2014, 10:16 PM
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When we started with horses many years ago, we specifically looked for "low maintenance" horses. We found a good, local Paint breeder that had a very good track record for healthy horses with good feet and simple diets. We have 5 now, and they have indeed been very low maintenance. It could certainly be, however, that they had good breeding stock rather than solely the breed itself.

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post #8 of 29 Old 08-07-2014, 01:56 AM
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How about the Morgan horse? Hardy, easy keepers. Though there are concerns about being prone to insulin resistance issues, so perhaps that is a disqualification
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post #9 of 29 Old 08-07-2014, 03:17 AM
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I have an Australian Stock Horse, I guess that they're not that common over there, but he's one of the hardiest horses I've ever had. Great, strong feet. Excellent on feed, never a problem with anything. I've never really heard of any breed related problems with them either.
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post #10 of 29 Old 08-07-2014, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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anndankev if gelding him would cure him I would do it in a heart beat, his legs have gotten so bad he is lame more then he is sound and is on a very high dose of pain killers that are no longer working properly.
I love Australian Stock horses but I have yet to find one in this country sadly, love Morgans and if I look we could probably find a couple though I am not sure it is the type of horse my mum likes.

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