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BlueSpark 10-12-2012 10:56 AM

Anglo Arabians?
I have an arab mare I'm in love with. She has an incredible personality, a ton of try and will do anything for me. She is super sound and healthy, an incredible trail horse, I can jump her, lead other horses with her, double with kids on behind me, w/t/c a pattern bareback in a rope halter. Registered egyptian arabian.

Years ago I bought my dream horse as newborn, he had to be put down due to complications from a freak accident. Since then I have wanted a foal. A friend recently purchased a gorgeous thoroughbred stallion. He has the temperment, conformation and athletism I want, plus he is amazing to handle and nothing phases him. He was extremely successful on the track, and has the blood lines to back it up.

If I could change anything on my mare, I would give her a little more bone, make her a bit wider, with deeper girth, more of a slope to her shoulder and a longer neck. The stallion has all these qualities.

Needless to say, I am seriously concidering breeding her next spring(I am aware the market doesnt need any more foals, this is strictly for my own use. If I needed to sell for some unforseen reason, I feel this cross would have decent market value in a number of disaplines). I would love to hear your experiences with anglo arabs, your oppinion of the cross, and any pictures you may have of them. Thanks for reading!

jaydee 10-12-2012 11:17 AM

Its a cross that I really like and used to be one of the most popular in the part bred arabian showring in the UK
Theres never any guarantee of what you'll get as both breeds can have really different looking parentage that your foal could throw back too. I would look at any pics you can find of their sires and grandsires to get an idea of that, also any produce that this stallion already has.
A lot of people are using warmbloods now to cross with arabs but you need to pick one with a nice head - not too large.
I found a clip on Youtube of a 14.2 anglo that did really well in UK junior jumping (14.2) at top level

Cacowgirl 10-12-2012 11:23 AM

What a nice round!

jaydee 10-12-2012 11:24 AM

And one doing dressage. They are very versatile.
Heights do vary a lot. Something else you cant guarantee.

BlueSpark 10-12-2012 12:15 PM

As long as its between 14.2 and 16.2 I'll be fine:) mare is 15, stallion 16,2
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Joe4d 10-12-2012 12:23 PM

Honestly there are way to many foals and young untrained horses out there. Seems like it would be so much cheaper and easier just to buy what you want rather than rolling the dice on breeding. Not to mention you arnt waiting 3 years or so to have a usable horse.

On the market side , thats one of the crosses people tend to like. Popular with heavyweight endurance riders.

BlueSpark 10-12-2012 12:38 PM


Honestly there are way to many foals and young untrained horses out there. Seems like it would be so much cheaper and easier just to buy what you want rather than rolling the dice on breeding. Not to mention you arnt waiting 3 years or so to have a usable horse.
Yes, I know. I'm trying to avoid having this debate, yet again. I have spent the last 8 years telling my self I shouldnt breed, their are too many foals, etc. I have trained many young horses, worked with rescues, trained an untouched 3 year old mustang mare from halter to saddle breaking, just finished halter breaking a 5 year old clydesdale stallion rescued from the meat buyer, retrained a starved beaten mare, halter broke countless weanlings for other people, foals from auctions, etc, but I still havent been able to replace the feeling I had with my own colt, that I was training from the ground up, for myself.

I finally found a horse I really love that is perfect for me. She is turning 16. I dont expect her to be able to do endurance forever. I have found a stallion I like almost as much as my mare.

This foal is the project I have been wanting, a replacement for the colt I lost and by the time he/she is old enough to compete, my mare will be ready to start slowing down. I dont think its terribly selfish to breed for one foal for myself, out of a good mare from a great stallion. I have the funds, time and knowledge to succeed, and I am well aware of the uncertainty and gambles that are involved in breeding.

(sorry for the novel)

Joe4d 10-12-2012 12:46 PM

well I know as far as crosses, the one you have picked out is pretty marketable, Lots of people like em not just for endurance. Id love to have one myself. So I wouldnt assume you'd be stuck with it if something bad happens to your situation.
As far as personal experience, I know several heavyweights that 50 - 100 mile endurance ride on them, was one of the breeds I was told to look for, I'm 220 lbs. I had a friend that recently sold one that had done dressage but he was kinda crazy, tended to buck when you asked him to do something he didnt like. So pretty limited personal experience.

Thyme 10-12-2012 12:55 PM

If I were you, I would breed them.
You have obviously thought this through, have the experience and knowledge, and if they are both as you describe they seem like they would make a fantastic baby, and as you talked about bloodlines I assume they are both registered? And I believe you can register an Anglo, so I would go for it!
All I ask for is some pictures! :)

BlueSpark 10-12-2012 01:20 PM

This is the "Regal Ladybird", my registered arab

and I have no good photos of the stallion, at all. Here is a quick head shot:

he is registered jockey club, won $70,000 on the track before his very short carreer was ended by a sessamoid fracture. his sire won 1.3 million +, his grand sire 2.2 million+, so great breeding and a big teddy bear, cirtainly dont need a chain on this guy.

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