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        03-06-2011, 05:58 PM
    It greatly depends on the breeder's intentions. I think halfbreeds recognized by registrations of either parent are generally done to make a better ____ horse. My filly is an Andi/TB, and she is registered with the ILAHA as half-Andalusian. The fact that she still has to conform to the regulations in the registry and the registration does not prohibit but condones it makes me feel that it's a good thing. I think she will make a splendid sporthorse, having obtained the best traits from both breeds.

    What I have a problem with is people with unregistered horses breeding just to breed, then having a baby they don't particularly want. There is a huge surplus of horses in the US and it's not beneficial for the economy or the horse to just keep breeding with no purpose. Horse rescues are overflowing with unwanted horses of every age, breed, color waiting for homes, so it doesn't make sense to me for someone to breed a horse JUST to have a baby.
    /end rant
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        03-06-2011, 06:38 PM
    Originally Posted by PintoTess    
    I have a mare, Pinto/connemara. She is the best! But I know of a foal (one of the paint stallions' Just Shameless) And it was born with its intestines not connected because it was a crossbred and somthing was missing.

    That sounds like the breeder did not do what good breeders should do and that is test for genetic disorders. Sounds like OLW.

    That is the big problem with cross breeding. Breeders use a lot of time horses who are not registered and they do not know the history of the horse and then do not test. They do not do what is needed to breed wisely.

    Now true cross breeding with in the first generation with registered stock can produce a nice out come. Problem is that the next generation will be a crap shoot. There is no genetic set type and you do not know what you will get. It takes generations to set a genotype and you loose that after the first generation with a lot of cross bred horses. So while the first generation might be great the next might not.

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