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    08-02-2012, 11:02 PM
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What breed(s) is my mare?

Hey horsey peoples out there!
This is my first time actually posting a forum on here.
I'm pretty bad about just silently lurking the pages. Hehe!

When I got my mare, I was told she was a quarter horse/appaloosa mix. The thing is... she has no papers AND the rescues, especially the one I got her from, aren't very reliable. They don't seem to be very horse knowledgeable.

I'm been trying forever to figure out her breed! Ugh.

She's 14.3 hands and weighs about 1,000 pounds. She's could be a tad chunky, but that's okay. She's spoiled. (;
If you can't notice very well in the pictures, she is grey with red flea-bitten speckles, a slightly dished face, one striped hoof, mottled skin on bottom lip, a single white sock (only visible when she is being bathed), a short back, narrow barrel, and a medium-high set tail that flips to one side when running.

She's a bit of a hot horse. If she could have it her way, she would be galloping through endless pastures all day long. She hates arena work and jumping show jumps, but loves trail rides and cross country jumps. She's not flighty, but instead loves to investigate things. Sometimes I can't get her away from them! :'D She liked to rear and buck, but I think I've corrected her away from these habits. Again, she's wild! Oh, my little bronco. C: She's very sweet and loves to be right next to you. She'll follow you anywhere without a lead.
Her trot is very floaty. It looks so effortless (even though she's heavily built)! It is a nice, ground covering extended stride. It is also pretty bumpy compared to other stock horses I've ridden. That could be a result of her short back, though. :/ Her canter is pretty smooth (from what I can tell while lungeing her). She's still a greenie in training, so I can't say too much about her canter. She has wonderful bending and turning talent. I swear, she could turn on a dime! When she acts up, I'll spin her in a tight (almost like a reining) circle.

I'm thinking she could be part Pony of America or Arabian.

Pictures!:

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/x...0531121802.jpg
http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/x...604121609a.jpg
http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/x...604121601a.jpg
http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/x...726121419a.jpg

Bonus Question!:
What discipline do you think she would excel best in?
     
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    08-02-2012, 11:06 PM
  #2
Foal
She also has light feather on all four of her legs.

Please excuse her hay belly. I'm working on her trotting to strengthen and lift that bulge. C; It has just been way too hot to work her very much.
     
    08-02-2012, 11:07 PM
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Trained
I don't know about POA, but I'm sure I see a little bit of Arabian in that pretty lil girl! :)
Figuring out her breed FOR SURE will never happen - it won't with grade horses. But as long as you're happy and she's happy, that's all that really matters. :)
     
    08-02-2012, 11:09 PM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by InsaneDino    

Please excuse her hay belly. I'm working on her trotting to strengthen and lift that bulge. C; It has just been way too hot to work her very much.
haha
My gelding looks pregnant so... I can't say much!

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    08-02-2012, 11:19 PM
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haha
My gelding looks pregnant so... I can't say much!

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Ahahaha awhll, at least she's not the only one. :3
     
    08-03-2012, 12:57 AM
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Yearling
I can definitely see qh/ appy. I see arabian in a few of the pictures, but if I had to put money on one of them, I would put it on her being a quarter horse/ appaloosa.

If she has mottling of the skin, that means she's an appy- not like a pink spot from a snip or marking that greyed out, but actual mottling. Do you have a close up picture of the skin that is mottled?
     
    08-03-2012, 01:26 AM
  #7
Started
I vote yay on the partial Arabian. Maybe an Arabian/QH? Whatever she is, she's quite the beautiful gal... you're lucky to have her. ;D
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    08-03-2012, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Eolith    
I vote yay on the partial Arabian. Maybe an Arabian/QH? Whatever she is, she's quite the beautiful gal... you're lucky to have her. ;D
Thank you! I sure feel very lucky to have her. C:

And nope, I do not happen to have a close up picture of her mottled skin. Only her bottom lip is mottled, which is what confuses me. I know appaloosas and POAs have mottled skin on several areas of their bodies, not just one part. Could this just be because she is a mix breed, or is this minimal characteristic not seen as actual "mottled skin" if it isn't in many places?

And appaloosa isn't the only breed of horse with mottled skin. POAs happen to have this same characteristic.
     
    08-03-2012, 09:47 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by soenjer55    
If she has mottling of the skin, that means she's an appy- not like a pink spot from a snip or marking that greyed out, but actual mottling. Do you have a close up picture of the skin that is mottled?
Champagnes will often have mottled skin, as can cream dilutes. Mottling is only ONE of the appaloosa characteristics, the others include striped hooves and white scelera. Grey horses can often have mottled skin, especially on their face, that is called vitiligo, it can look very extreme. These are some examples of greys with vitiligo.







     
    08-03-2012, 10:02 PM
  #10
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Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
Champagnes will often have mottled skin, as can cream dilutes. Mottling is only ONE of the appaloosa characteristics, the others include striped hooves and white scelera. Grey horses can often have mottled skin, especially on their face, that is called vitiligo, it can look very extreme. These are some examples of greys with vitiligo.
I think that's what my horse has (the vitiligo). It's not that extreme, as you can kind of see, but it does remind me of pictures I've seen of people with it on their skin.

This is the closest image I can find to what her muzzle looks like. However, only her bottom lip looks like the one in the picture. The rest is the grey muzzle colour.

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