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    10-16-2012, 05:30 PM
The two worst I've ever seen was a Clydesdale Mule, poor thing only looked nice from far away, his head was 1 1/2 times longer than his neck at least. He had almost no neck, and no back, and no hind quarters, so he was shoulders and head, with a tail on one end.

The second was Percheron crossed with a ASB (I think) the poor things back dropped when he was only 4 years old. Takes beginners for rides all the time, but as soon as the saddle comes off, you notice that there is something like a 10 to 12 dip in the middle. Funny enough his has lots of action in the front, and sticks his tail out when he walks "fast". But is very laid back, he was named Gunther.
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    10-23-2012, 11:59 AM
I met a Percheron x Mamouth Jack cross mule. He was actually kind of cute, a bright white buggy mule in New Orleans with a good bit of size to him. He didnt look weird so I didnt think it a weird cross considering his profession.
    10-23-2012, 12:28 PM
Green Broke
I've seen some amazing percheron crosses. Also my first horse was a welsh/thoroughbred, and she was the best of both breeds.

Worst cross hands down was a curly x thoroughbred. Mare was tb, tall and elegant, sire was a short stocky curly. Filly had the refined head and neck, and thin legs, with the curly coat, thick body and height. Freakish looking.
    10-23-2012, 02:25 PM
I don't know that the Standardbred should never be outcrossed... The breed did help create the Saddlebred, which make terrific riding and driving horses.

I honestly think the breed has less to do with the outcome of a cross than the actual balance of the parents. Balance to weaknesses in either parent with strengths in the other and having the ultimate goal of creating an offspring which is, overall, better than either parent. Often crosses aren't well thought out... There is little consideration of the result if the foal inherits the "wrong" set of traits.

For example, I have seen some dreadful Friesian crosses, and some very nice ones. Most of the good ones aren't to my personal taste, but they are not conformationally deformed in any way. The ones that don't turn out so well can have a combination of faults which make them look a bit like frankenhorses.

I have also seen some truly hideous examples of purebreds of all breeds... And naturally some very nice ones.

The difference is in why the parents were paired together - if it is done at random, then the odds are in favor of a fugly foal, regardless of pedigree... If it is done after weighing the conformation of both parents and with a clear goal in mind the odds are in favor of getting a nice foal (and nice being determined by the purpose the foal is destined for) .
    10-26-2012, 06:10 AM
The strangest cross I ever met was 1/2 TWH & 1/2 Clydesdale. That was the funniest horse I ever saw. He had a rather devious personality and his name was Mugsy. I wish I had a pic of him. He was kind of a round horse, slight roman nose, and a veeery strange gait. Kind of rolling, and occasionally I would see him pace. He was actually kind of adorable.
    10-26-2012, 04:03 PM
I think Arabians. Created from mist and dust? Psh! Come on. No wonder they are are so flighty! A slight breeze and they are GONE.
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    10-26-2012, 04:09 PM
Originally Posted by BackwoodsBaby    
a welsh/arabian/quarter horse. She is 13.2 hh and very spunky and a fast little mare at that. I wouldnt say she is the worst but strange. Dam is welsh pony and sire is arabian/quarter horse. Attachment 115323
I think she is ADORABLE!!!
    10-26-2012, 04:24 PM
Clydesdale x Morgan... My friend has her, she's very cute, but her confirmation has caused a lot of physical problems
    10-26-2012, 06:20 PM
I have always thought that Arabian Draft crosses didn't make the slightest bit of sense. It's taking two almost polar opposites and combining them into something which I personally think often looks very very awkward.
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    10-26-2012, 06:55 PM
Green Broke
One of the most gorgeous horses I ever worked with was an "oops" between an Arab mare and a Percheron stallion. Foal got the best of both worlds, gorgeous mover, forward and athletic like an Arab, quiet with lots of bone like a Percheron. Dapple grey with a silver mane and tail.
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