Lol GH! Very objective, for a once-mom of our boy, here!
GH sold him to me two years ago. I had no idea then just how much I was going to like him, but my gut told me he was a good 'un. We may butt heads like siblings more often than not, but I've never felt unsafe near the boy.
Here we go conformation people, can you see the finished horse in the day old colt?
The funny thing with Maximus there, he turned out to be exactly what I had wanted, but in the 4 years he took to get there, I had already moved on and wanted something different.
LOL, there is a thread here about the reasons horses are sold, well this guy was a green as grass, only had a few rides on him, but I already knew, *shhh* that he was going to be to quiet and solid for me. There is also something here about Karma, this boy was special to me, and I was so tempted to keep him around, but Hemms came and saw him and just seemed to click, and understand him.
I'm so glad to hear that they are both happy together, because I never had a minutes doubt that they were going to be a good match
Just curious and nosy, GH... Do you know how his dad came to be bred with his mum? I have friends who are into the Fjords, and I was told that the Fjord registry folks have views on outcrossing: a mare or stallion who is bred to a non-Fjord will be kicked out of the studbook.
It's actually his Fjord physic that makes him look fatter than he is - very blocky through the barrel. Other than his stubborn shoulder pockets, he's almost at risk of going the other way on the scale. We're working on building muscle in the right places, including his topline (spine just hints at being the highest point), but I'll be battling the bulges of winter again soon.
This is how he can get without supervision, lol:
And the story of his existance, as my fuzzy brain processed/remembered it, was that his mom was a ferral Fjord who was mistakenly? Running with a QH breeder's herd. I'm sure he tried to dump her at auction before he was found out. Why else would he auction a breedable Fjord?
Whatever the story, I LOVE my taboo boy, despite (or maybe because) of the dirty looks we get from the purists.
Yes, I went to the local auction with all intentions of buying a saddle horse from the 'nice side' of the auction, I ended up bidding in the general side, and outbid the meat buyer on this beautiful pair.
All the info we had was that they had been running with a black QH stud. I was just outbid on a gelding who was in the same pen, and DH was making desperate faces at the time
I think your guy is lovely; I was just curious, given the rather intransigent views of the Fjord registry people on cross-breeding. If he'd been a Shire-cross or something, where the breed association doesn't give a toss, I wouldn't have thought twice about it.
I'm by no means a conformation pro, and you've gotten great feedback from our more experienced members, so I thought I'd just drop by and say that I am quite partial to your guy. ;) I recently bought a Fjord/Paint filly (Paint mare was accidentally bred) and she is awesome. She was unbroke and is now on her 10th or so ride. She's been so easy and fun to work with. When did Maximus stop growing? My girl is 3 and 14.1hh and I'm wondering if she has any chance of gaining an extra inch or two.
I needed to do one saddle change up on Max, when he hit his 5th summer. From 5 to 6, he's fit the same dressage saddle. I mourned for a moment cause I just LOVED my original dressage beater, but once I tweaked the stirrup leathers on the new/used beater, it's worked out to be just as comfortable and of better quality.
I'm going to haunt your album for pics of your new paint/Fjord. I've often searched the internet for a supportive network of FjordX owners, but the entire purist energy seems to snub any attempts. I've met some local Fjord breeders who weren't fanatical at all. It was such a relief to discover which personality traits of Max's were from his stockier lineage, without censorship or judgement.
I actually do respect the attempts to honor all the hard work on maintaining a clean gene pool. Being a purist snob about my dog breed, I can only feel this way. I appreciate the value of health records and disease-tracking, if nothing else. Human nature is to be lazy/careless/greedy and these creatures do come to be and so far as I've met, they're amazing. Such people aren't going to cull them at birth and why would these great animals be worthy of less than any other horse? Just saying that there are those of us who didn't necessarily go looking for our 'abominations' but boy are we happy we found them!