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    03-06-2011, 01:53 AM
Unusal breeds for unusal things?

So I have noticed in my travels that differant parts of the horse riding world have differant purpose bred crosses or breeds of horses for differant things that would never be thought of in other countries

Where I am there are a huge amount of clydesdale crosses, that are bred for jumping, and they are amazing jumpers, would you believe, one of our olympic showjumpers was part clydesdale.

In america I've seen QHx used alot in the hunter and jumper rings, althoug they are not really used at all here.

I saw a western show in germany and they had all these halflingers doing reining, some of them could spin to! Was hilarious seeing germans in cowboy hats on heavy set ponys!!

So what do you see where you are? Is there an unconventional cross, or breed that's popular?
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    03-06-2011, 02:02 AM
I see a lot of Warmblood Tb cross out in California, they tend to use them for jumping and eventing. I have a warmblood tb cross and I love them!!!! I don't know they seemed to get more popular. Some of the lower level horses have qh in them a lot but one of the big intermediate horses here is a appendix so there are a lot of tb qh mixes as well.
    03-06-2011, 02:13 AM
Yea warmblood/ tb crosses are really popular I actually play around with breeding a few each year I love them!! I have 2 6yr old one for dressage and 1 for eventing.

Lol by my old eventer was a appy/qh/ tb and he made it to 2**eventing, no one beleived me about his breeding though!!
    03-06-2011, 02:15 AM
I've seen Clyd's for jumping as you mentioned, they are quite fun to watch but you feel sorry for the riders after awhile, having their legs so widely set lol I couldn't do that!

I've seen reining mules not really horses but equine non the less. I remember this one mule that had the most amazing sliding stop on it. Better then any QH i'd ever seen!

I've also seen TB's doing cow work, which is unusual for up here (don't know about other places) though they were never really superb at it cause they are so tall, but they could get the job done.
    03-06-2011, 02:24 AM
We don't really get too many unusual crosses around here designed specifically for one discipline. Mostly what I see is generic stock horses; QH, Paints, and the occasional appy. I think I am about as oddball as it gets, I have a Mustang that I use for ranch work and my next personal saddle horse is a QHxBelgian that is coming 2 this summer.
    03-06-2011, 02:37 AM
Haha yea id def include mules they are part horse after all, I saw a magazine about mules where they had jumping and dressage classes, I thought it looked like awsome fun!!

Clydies tend to have the most amzing snappy knee action in jumping, they look super cute when you see them go around, but apparntly you have to breed them blood over bone, otherwise you get spindly TB legs with clydie dinner plate sized hooves
    03-06-2011, 04:01 AM
I know some one in pony club that has a mule and she is jumping it up to about 3ft or so and taking it cross country! Its pretty hilarious!
    03-06-2011, 12:07 PM
In midwest USA I've noticed that TB crossed with warmblood has become really popular, for both dressage and jumping. They seem to have more stamina, and longer legs.

And on the weirder side, my warmblood Mira was bred for a mule baby before I got her Not a choice I would make, but to each his own I guess haha
    03-06-2011, 01:53 PM
Not going to lie, I would not mind breeding Abby for a mule baby. I love mules!

I agree with Smrobs: We just have stock horses. Occasionally something different. At the college, someone has a midge Hanoverian (she's 15.2hh) and an Oldenburg. My friend has two TBs, but that's about as exotic as I've seen. Arabians aren't uncommon either. But we also don't have much for English riding.
    03-06-2011, 07:57 PM
Yea I think TB crossed with anything is pretty popular everywhere ay, because it add lightness and stamina to other breeds

I know where we are TB is the easiest breed to get a hold of mares are a dime a dozen off the track so a lot of people use nice ones for breeding, Warmbloods, stock horses, drafts and welshs are all quite popular to get nice tempered english riding horse/pony types

But I don't think I ever seen a mule in this country they are just not the done thing

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