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    01-22-2011, 09:45 PM
Cloudkisser awwwwww he is so cute I love him
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    01-22-2011, 10:21 PM
Originally Posted by fuadteagan    
cloudkisser awwwwww he is so cute I love him
Thank you
    01-22-2011, 10:35 PM
Green Broke
I don't mind crossbreds done the right way, for improvement. What I HATE (and see a LOT of around here) is some clueless or uncaring breeder that will put any two horses together they can, and then slap a "sport horse" label on what is really a worthless mutt to make a few extra grand.
    01-22-2011, 10:56 PM
I have a feeling this thread was created to cause drama, but I will put my two cents' worth in anyhow. When thought is put into crossbreeding, it can be done well. However, most crossbreds aren't thought out well, and as a result aren't great specimins. Such as a Percheron/Mini cross.
There are certain breeds whose governing registries don't allow crossbreeding, such as Friesians, and I do respect that. Because of this rule, I do dislike seeing crossbreds of those breeds. In particular, it irks me to see Friesians crossbred.
    01-22-2011, 11:11 PM
Green Broke
I've seen a few nice morgan/friesian crosses. This one's pretty cute. I understand disliking them for their breaking of the rules though; I respect that.

    01-22-2011, 11:50 PM
Yikes. That is one looooong horse.

Friesians do seem to be the current fad horse, having I think, taken over from the Gypsies. I see them everywhere and their crossbreds. I also see many new (very young) horse owners obtaining them as a first horse. Not necessarily a wise choice.

    01-22-2011, 11:52 PM
Green Broke
Funny you should say that, JDI. The person at the front of my mind when I replied to this thread was a "breeder" who inherited just enough money to import a beautiful Friesian stud, and then proceeded to breed it to any mare she could get her hands on, calling the foals "sport horses" and trying to sell them for 10 and 15K.
    01-23-2011, 12:02 AM
Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
Yikes. That is one looooong horse.

Friesians do seem to be the current fad horse, having I think, taken over from the Gypsies. I see them everywhere and their crossbreds. I also see many new (very young) horse owners obtaining them as a first horse. Not necessarily a wise choice.

What horse are you thinking is long? And what is so long? The bay has a very short back.
    01-23-2011, 12:16 AM
I have seen very, very few Friesian crosses that I like. I think what irks me the most is the breeders that breed Friesian crosses do it for the money. I recently contacted a breeder in my area asking about her breeding program, and what her stallion was registered with. She told me that she had not, and will not, register her stud with the studbook as they would not allow her to crossbreed, and that's where she makes her money. Why only stud out to a few select Friesian mares a year, when you can fill your bookings with other breeds, and breed your own "sporthorses" that you can sell for big bucks?
Haha I really shouldn't get started, just one of those things, for me.
HMLB, I agree with FF, that horse is quite long through the body.
    01-23-2011, 12:37 AM
Green Broke
JDI, I think I agree with your assessment of the thread.

However, I will say for my part, the majority of the horses I own are crossbreeds. I've actually owned only a few purebred horses in my life. Since I stopped showing in my teens, I am these days primarily a pleasure rider. Horse shopping, for me, is focused far more on the right temperament, and the body type I prefer, than anything else. However if I was interested in something competitive that would likely be a different story.

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