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        03-09-2011, 10:31 AM
      #11
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    I like mutt horses. Never owned one, but I did see this grade pony gelding at an auction that I wanted REALLY bad. He was old and in terrible shape, but was the cutest fugly thing I'd ever seen. I still think about him all the time.
         
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        03-09-2011, 09:27 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    The best horse I ever owned was a grade. She was worth her weight in gold and the people who sold her to me for $2k were complete morons as she was worth 10 times this, even without papers.

    When I buy a horse I care about their temperament, conformation, personality and ability or potential ability - I do not care much about papers or color.
    AMEN to that! Though my horse was given to me (i was perfectly content with not having one at the time, I had always ridden others, but I have fallen in love with this little mare and am so happy to have her) so I had no say in judging her conformation. Lucky for me, she's a hott looking little girl!

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    Originally Posted by ButtInTheDirt    
    If they are just someone with backyard horses and let them multiply like rabbits, then no. But if someone has created a cross for high performance in a certain situation. Like a perfect cutting horse for farm use, or the perfect kids horse. Blahblah you get my point?

    It really just depends.
    I agree! It frusterates me that people let their horses breed over and over again just because they think the babies are cute or what not. There are way too many horses that are already born that need homes. Especially in this economy.

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    Originally Posted by Lissa    
    both were still high quality horses.. good conformation, great dispositions but they were bred with the intention of NEVER being sold (and unfortunately now the guy I sold them to has moved and sold them so I have no idea where my babies are)
    that's sad...i'm sorry to hear that.

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    Originally Posted by mom2pride    
    Hoping to do some low key, fun shows this summer, and see how we do, especially in some of the gaming events, cause she can move!Lol!
    wooooo go for it!

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    Originally Posted by Jessabel    
    I like mutt horses. Never owned one, but I did see this grade pony gelding at an auction that I wanted REALLY bad. He was old and in terrible shape, but was the cutest fugly thing I'd ever seen. I still think about him all the time.
    I love cute ponies! Adorable stubborn little things...
         
        03-11-2011, 12:31 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    Love my mutt. We call him our back yard bred paint. No one can guess his breed with his confirmation but other than paint because of his markings. I would go for another if I found one that had good confirmation, personality.....ect.
         
        03-12-2011, 12:33 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I've owned a mutt! He was a tennessee walker/arabian, or so I'd been told. He was an awesome horse for being only 3. He was my first horse and taught me everything he could about training a horse. I ended up selling him to a little boy a few years ago as a show horse and they've been winning blue ribbons in western pleasure at their local shows!
    I'd buy another one if I could find one that was like him!
         
        03-12-2011, 12:43 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I love my mutt. Even though it has taken a while for me to get used to her mareness..I always had registered horses before her, but didn't think twice about buying a grade. I have no idea what kind of cross she is.
         
        03-12-2011, 01:23 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    My first horse was a Grade horse, some sort of TB/Arab/ASH mix I think. He was just the best horse ever, I paid $1000 for him which at the time (early 90's) was about average. I bought him from a dealer who had bought him at an auction, ha ha I was very lucky! Wouldn't do that now..... Luckily for me he was anything BUT average! I bought him when I was 14 and when I grew out of him at 17, I leased him out to a little 13 year old girl to do PC, she eventually bought him off me.

    Sweetest, most reliable and SOUND horse I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Went everywhere, did everything and never once put a foot wrong with me or anyone else. Never needed shoes, never needed any supplements, never needed constant work, never spooky or nervous, just awesome. I truly believe some of those attributes were related to him being a mutt.

    Here he is with my little sister riding, she was probably about 6 or 7 at the time and he would look after her like precious cargo. I think she is looking at him like "...but I just asked you to walk, why are you not walking anywhere?"

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        03-12-2011, 02:15 PM
      #17
    Banned
    The little guy in my avatar is a mutt, and a mutt from a true backyard breeder. We found him in a fenced back yard with the family's dogs, and he clearly thought he was a dog.

    I guessed that he was a QH Arab cross, because in my part of the world, that's the most likely combo for an accidental breeding, and he definitely had traits of both.

    I would buy 10 more just like him, as he truly was an amazing, fun little horse with the heart of a lion.

    However, that doesn't make the process that begot him any more reponsible.

    I've also had a half dozen or more grade school horses - tough, hardy, live on air, tolerant souls.

    It's one thing to recognize a good individual regardless of breeding, it's completely another thing to breed without regard for outcome.
         
        03-12-2011, 10:35 PM
      #18
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by thatgirlcaitlin    
    I've owned a mutt! He was a tennessee walker/arabian, or so I'd been told.
    that is quite a cross!! I don't think i've ever seen a mix like that.

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    Originally Posted by sarahver    
    Sweetest, most reliable and SOUND horse I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Went everywhere, did everything and never once put a foot wrong with me or anyone else. Never needed shoes, never needed any supplements, never needed constant work, never spooky or nervous, just awesome. I truly believe some of those attributes were related to him being a mutt. Attachment 57943
    I agree, I think you're right :) I like this.

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    Originally Posted by maura    
    It's one thing to recognize a good individual regardless of breeding, it's completely another thing to breed without regard for outcome.
    well said!
         
        03-12-2011, 10:46 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I only own one reg. Horse. The rest are mutts!! I love crossbreeds!
         
        03-28-2011, 02:24 AM
      #20
    Foal
    I have a mutttttt She's the best horse ever! However I also have one registered horse now too, and so far, he's the other best horse ever! XD lol

    I've had several grades/mutts and 2 registered purebreds. They all have their issues and their quarks and they're all still horses. However, I know that if some people weren't idiots, there wouldn't be Caddy...(my belgian/qh mare). So, while I completely agree that the horse market is over saturated, I'm happy to have my girl! (Also to stay on the plus side, it makes it possible for people who can't afford a 10k horse to have a good horse! Not that it's the best reason...just...trying to stay on the upside lol)
         

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