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    10-04-2012, 01:25 AM
  #31
Trained
Another on the bandwagon of not liking friesian x's. They are too distinct a breed to be crossing with other horses.
Even the growing in popularity, "friesian warmbloods", I think are pretty awful. I have yet to see one that I like, they seem to inherit the bad genes :/ Long backs that don't swing, hocks that don't actually come under the horse, upright neck, big heads and far too much hair.

Then there's the standardbred crosses. I can count the number of standardbreds that I would have liked to ride, on one hand... and not towards the fifth finger either.... WHY would you cross them with other breeds such as quarters horses, appies etc. WHY??? I've seen a stb x friesian, NOT a functional horse in any stretch of the imagination, but because it had 'friesian' in its lines and was black... people fawn over the god awful thing.
     
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    10-04-2012, 02:23 AM
  #32
QOS
Green Broke
A friend of mine has a Friesian/Morgan and Hershey is a lovely boy. He was born and bred in Texas, owner was originally from Germany. She recently moved back to Europe and took Hershey with her. She was able to get him registered under some sport registry there. Hershey is a gorgeous horse with fabulous movement. She did a ton of dressage and eventing on Hershey as well as plain old trail riding!
     
    10-04-2012, 12:20 PM
  #33
Weanling
Mississippi Horses(.org) has a STB x TWH that is non gaited. She is a very pretty bay, but I stop there lol. Two gaited parents, and she isn't gaited. *shakes head* Beats me.
     
    10-04-2012, 12:41 PM
  #34
Started
I personally love standardbred draft crosses, they just beef up standardbreds, smooth out their wretched gait (for riding at least :P) and make em shiny <3

As for Friesian crosses, I don't even like most friesians - people don't see past the hair. They're huge and box shaped, everything about them is boxy, I like my horses round. Crossing them with anything just makes a more square version of whatever they bred it too, too long, too angular.

I simply don't see the facination behind behind breeding for color either, breed Strong Healthy horses - I'm so sick of getting calls at our rescue for 15 year old blind appaloosas, at least 1 a month. Or deaf splash paints. Breeders seriously need to start looking past the color and the hair and looking at the health and sanity of the horses they're breeding.

I'm a firm believer in only breeding within a horse's 'circle' crosses are fantastic, but breeding two completely different animals gives you far too far a range of conformation faults to try to ward off. Look at my pony, who's got the top jaw of a horse and the bottom jaw of a pony. What I mean by 'circle' is breeding them with horses in their ancestry or descended breeds, or even breeds that are similar in style.
     
    10-04-2012, 02:16 PM
  #35
Foal
At my old barn there were two mixed-breeds that we made up hilarious names for:
Appabellamustavarian = Appaloosa, Belgian, mustang, Hanoverian
Appabellamustarabian = Appaloosa, Belgian, mustang, Arabian
:P
     
    10-04-2012, 02:53 PM
  #36
Weanling
Hmmmm, lets see...

ArabxWelshxTBxClydesdalexStationbredxPaintxAppaloo sa.

Sounds horrible? I own it. She's quite cute confowise (Not perfect, but more than capable of staying sound and moving nice) but I think once the list of breeds gets THAT LONG its just bad.

Worst breed cross that resulted in a hideous horse? TBxShetland. Poor thing couldn't balance cause its head was too big and its legs were too short.
     
    10-04-2012, 05:24 PM
  #37
Started
I think it's a waste of horse flesh to crossbreed standardbred the breed is great the way it is! You can't register the crosses and people tend to cross the with weird stuff like fresians. You say you have a fresian cross and all I think is that you had a bad fresian you could not get into the registry but wanted a stud fee. I think have not been overly impressed by lot of Arabian crosses.
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    10-04-2012, 06:12 PM
  #38
Weanling
I'm not terribly fond of friesian crosses either. Actually, they're kind of a pet peeve of mine. Friesians themselves are fantastic cart horses but I just don't get why people will pay so much to use them for riding. Most of the time the crosses are the offspring of a very poorly put together stallion and a mix of two breeds that don't go together. I hear people say things like "I wanted a friesian but I couldn't afford one so I bred my paint mare to a friesian stallion. Now I have a friesian with spots." Ugh! No!

First of all, it really gets to me that people will call a half friesian a 'friesian' as though it was a purebred, even though its mother was a thoroughbred or something. They conveniently neglect to mention that. The other thing I don't like is that the horses are usually very awkward and more often than not have less than functional conformation and yet they are held in such high regard! I wonder if some people are just incapable of seeing past the hair.

Then, on the other hand, I really like friesian x percheron crosses. That's a match that makes sense. I'd like to have a team of those!
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    10-04-2012, 08:37 PM
  #39
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnrewPL    
"mule/arab/thoroughbred before"



Wow, a mule cross with something is incredibly rare, they are almost always sterile.
Sometimes I just get too confused with donkeys and mules. I meant to say donkey, sorry about that!
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    10-04-2012, 08:51 PM
  #40
Yearling
No, no, thank you. I always thought mules were flat out sterile; I did some digging however before I went shooting my mouth off and found that, though it is rare some of them can indeed have viable offspring. Apparently it’s not so much about different chromosomes making them sterile, but just how the genes and chromosomes match up in the individual that decides whether or onto they can reproduce. So basically I learned something new. Thanks.
     

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