Is she a draft or a draft cross?
you may have seen some of these pictures in my other threads, but I have spoken to someone who really has me thinking about our mares breeding.
We bought Caddilac this spring from a guy who used her as a pack/mountain horse. All of his horses are HUGE. She was originally baught as a PMU foal from North Dakota, then bought by the guy that we bought her from (he bought her as an unhandled 2 year old), taken to Califonia, then brought to British Columbia. We havent been able to dig anything up on her brand (not knowing where she recieved doesnt help)
She was sold as a Quarter Horse x Perch. Thats what we have been calling her, altough she is VERY drafty. But this week a guy was at the barn where we board our horses, and I got to talking to him. He has owned Percherons and Belgians for years, and is convinced whe is pure Perch, albeit a small one (she stands JUST shy of 17hh, and weighs around 1500 lbs +). He says that she moves like a perch, and looks like a smaller version of his paired mares.
I have googled perch crosses and they do seem to be more dainty then Caddy, but Im not fully convinced. She has a beautifully smooth jog (untill she speeds it up) and lope (which I can sit with no problem bareback--I have horrible balance, lol). The pictures really dont do justice to her width. Her Chest, Butt and Back are very broad, and her tail is very low set. She also has a very interesting trot--it is very high stepping-she brings her knees up high like she is prancing. The BO adorningly calls her the morbidly obese fresian. Also, her mane and tail are quite wavy, thick and coarse.
Here are a bunch of pictures, what do you think? Perch or Perch cross? No matter what, I love her and will continue to call her my mutt. She is a wonderful saddle horse, and everyones favorite at the barn
lol, just for perspective, my hubby (the guy you see on her) is over 6 ft tall and weighs roughly 250lbs
she's gorgeous thats for sure :D
That's one big girl! She definitely looks like she doesn't have anything but draft in her. The interesting part is she still has her tail. If she were PB percheron, she most likely would of had it docked. One senario could be that she's a solid spotted draft (more commonly not docked). Another would be that she is full percheron but a QH cleanup stallion as put in with the mares and based on her foaling date, they concluded that the QH was her sire. (If something happens to the stallion running with a band of mares, he is removed and another stallion is added to the group)
How old is she? The one farm in ND that I've visited, Bryant's, was raising B/W spotted drafts out of registered percheron mares. They were the largest PMU ranch around but they've been out of business for about 5 years. If she's 10ish, she could of come from a Natural Biological farm and they were all shut down 8-10 years ago. Those breeding programs were all over the place. If she came off a NAERIC farm, she could be microchipped. The brand didn't come from the outfitters? PMU farms would of only branded her (and it would of been a # to help identify her) if she was on the line, CA doesn't typically brand, and the rescues definitely wouldn't.
She could be full Percheron, about the full tail I don't think a PMU farm would be concerned about docking. Any how she is beautiful either way.
Hmm Im not a draft expert. But I'd begin to think she's all draft! For comparison, my Molly mare is a PMU product and she is paint x belgian x TB. As you can see, she doesn't have as much feathering as your's and isn't as heavy boned either. I love all drafts and draft crosses and your girl is really pretty!
Whatever she is she is awesome, I love her, big solid and beautiful:wink:
I almost leaning toward a cross, her mane and tail seem a little bit non-draftish, as well as a few other small things.
I think she has some QH in her. Her face is not as Roman nosed, her really wide front legs, I just can't exactly put my finger on it, but I think she might well have qh in her.
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