Crossbreeds: Advantages, disadvantages?
Horses have been improved by cross breeding for centuries.
The Missouri Fox Trotter was created from a blend of American Saddlebred, Standardbreds, and Tennessee Walkers with the Morgan, Thoroughbred and Arabian.
The Quarter Horse was also created from a mix of breeds, including Thoroughbred, Mustang, Arabian, and Morgan.
The Warlander is a cross between a Friesian and a Andalusian.
What are, in your opinions, some advantages and disadvantages of crosses today? (Mules included)
I had the chance to meet personally a young Missouri Fox Trotter x Arabian filly. I knew the stud but unfortunately was unable to meet the mother, as she abandoned the foal and the filly had to be hand raised. I assume she was not as light as some, more of an average sized Arabian, not to sleek but not to bulky.
An advantage would be, I suppose, the added muscle from the Foxtrotter. Perhaps expanding her discipline possibility's. Another advantage of the cross, could also be the more refine Arabian-type head, and slightly sleeker frame.
A disadvantage that I could see occurring would be a confusion of gaits, even resulting in a more uncomfortable ride.
I think a huge advantage that I'm around for cross breeding is mating Reining bred QH's with Arab mares. The 1/2 Arab Asso. is becoming bigger and bigger and has a number of outstanding reiners.
I believe strongly in cross breeding, but just to better a horse. You can pretty much create your perfect horse. I have a cross and I love her. Making a new breed in itself I don't know about. Also taking it to an extreme, like some have done are an issue. Thoroughbreds have been bred down, their cannon bones are like twigs. Making it easier for them to break a bone. I am up in the air on it...
Countrygal892000; What kind of cross do you own?
My rescue is 'supposedly' a Missouri Fox Trotter, but I bet he's crossed with something else, like a small draft. An advantage on that is his heavier bone structure, his general size all together. A disadvantage that I have seen is that he has a rocking walk. Though, that could just be because I'm so used to my smooth gaiteds >.<
Both my mare and my gelding are percheron/thoroughbred crosses. They are great horses and I think a huge advantage of the cross is that you can an athletic horse that more on the heavier boned side for larger riders like myself!
The advantage is called hybred virture, that terms comes from the breeding of two different breeds creating an offspring that is better than either one of it parents.
the disadvantages come went it is done irresponsblly or by uneduated people.
or when the breeds virtures work against one another.
I've been looking into Warlanders. I saw a video, of two colts at a trot. Oh my god talk about fluid! Poetry in motion. I'm starting to like them more than Friesians :shock:
I've seen couple times Arab X QH, which were very cute. Arab head and tail set, and more of the qh body, but lighter build. They were on smaller side though. I also have seen draft crosses, which were just lovely (used as hunters).
It's hard to say what is advantage and disadvantage. Personally I have nothing against -good- crosses (I'm not pretending here I know which ones are good as I didn't do my homework lol!). I think as long as you know what you are doing you can get a very decent horse.
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