Arabian Cross With Feathering
I have always held an inherent love and respect for the arabian horse. Not only is this breed beautiful, but I also adore the personality. That being said I also have a love for the "feathering" present in some breeds of horses, such as the Fell Pony. Is there a cross-breed of arabian or similar with feathering or does anyone have suggestions of how to create such a breed? Thank you :-)
Even if you cross an Arabian with a breed with lots of feathering, you will not likely get much feathering on the foal. You would be more likely to get a draftier, heavier built Arabian who may not get much of the physical features of the Arabian. This is why you breed type to type to have a better chance to get what you would expect from a cross. Breeding is a gamble, and you cannot cross two very different breeds and expect or even hope to get the beauty and personality of an Arabian and get the feathering. Ony way to get that is to make a painting/drawing/sculpture of your vision of perfection ;)
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Arabs are bred into a lot of other breeds. Arab/Fresians are beautiful! Also there are gypsy vanner/arab crosses out there....
Hopefully you live in a dry climate. Mud and a lot of feathering could be really ucky! Actually, mud is ucky, period.
Arabian x Haflinger? The cross should produce a horse suited to the discipline you ride. Crossing an Arabian with a feathered breed may or may not produce a feathered offspring...but mostly you want to breed for the best foal you can. : )
I have an Arab/draft cross and she really doesn't have much feathering. Mind you, most of her draft blood is Percheron.
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I tend to agree that cross breeding is a cr@p shoot, but any successful crosses would be appreciated (or not successful for laughs)
You cannot create a 'new breed' by crossbreeding anything. New breeds take many generations, more horses than most of us can afford and more years to accomplish, than most of us will have on this earth. Very careful records must also be kept.
Oh of course, you can crossbreed anything you want, give it a cutesy name and hope that some will believe it to be a real breed, and take their money. You can even start a registry for this crossbreed, on your kitchen table if you want. But really, anyone who does this, is just scamming the public and taking their money.
If you like feather, buy a feathered breed. There are only a few. Very few. Some with tufts are not considered a true feathered breed. Know that feather - true feather, is difficult to keep, even when breeding feather to feather. Crossbreeding a feathered breed to a non feathered breed, will often end up with enough to look untidy and not enough to be real feather.
Also, breeding a heavy horse to a very light horse, can end up with with nightmare conformation. We've seen it more than enough times, with the current fad of breeding so many light horses, to Friesians. It seldom works as we had hoped.
You can see a bit about feather here...
My friend has a 2yo arab/fresian colt. On paper, I was like 0.o? Why? I thought it would be a little funny looking thing.
In reality though, this colt is gorgeous! He's gorgeous! GORGEOUS! He's black, has moderate feathering, lovely mane and tail, well proportioned, a good bit lighter than a full Fresian, and has a lovely head. Shows what I know about breeding, and how right my friend was- I doubt this guy will ever be in want of a home assuming he trains up half as well as he looks.
I agree with featheredfeet . If you ant a horse with feathering buy one.
Those gypsy horses look like arabians somewhat and are refined.
I cant imagine what an arabian with feathering would look like trotting. IMO it would be very distracting.
Good luck what ever you decide. Shalom
They are two opposite ends of the spectrum. Can you explain what you see as the same?
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