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Crazy Love 03-06-2011 11:37 PM

Mutts: yay or nay?
Hello all :D I'm new to this forum and was just curious as to everyone's opinions on grade horses. I was recently given a mare (go look :-)) who I think is mostly quarter but definitely has some morgan. (i'll have to put a better picture up sometime so you can see). I've had a few people tell me she may have arab in her somewhere down the line. Anyway, anyone else here representing the mixed horses? Or have you had one in the past, and what all did you do with him/her?

wakiya 03-06-2011 11:52 PM

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Mutt horses in general are usually yay, after all you can't ride papers.
Breeding a mutt horse in a crowded horse market is nay. Some exceptions of course.

Arksly 03-07-2011 12:05 AM

Right now, in the market we are in, I wouldn't breed a grade horse. But I have no problem buying one.

ButtInTheDirt 03-07-2011 06:19 PM

I think grade horses are great if they are bred for a purpose. Like sort of "designer horses" or something. If they are just someone with backyard horses and let them multiply like rabbits, then no. But if someone has created a cross for high performance in a certain situation. Like a perfect cutting horse for farm use, or the perfect kids horse. Blahblah you get my point?

It really just depends.

Lissa 03-07-2011 06:26 PM


Originally Posted by Arksly (Post 953157)
Right now, in the market we are in, I wouldn't breed a grade horse. But I have no problem buying one.

agreed - my new pony, if she stays short enough, will be eligible to be registered, but if she grows too tall she will be grade

though I did breed my mare twice for grade foals (who I regrettably had to sell both foals when $ grew short after the younger one )

both were still high quality horses.. good conformation, great dispositions but they were bred with the intention of NEVER being sold (and unfortunately now the guy I sold them to has moved and sold them so I have no idea where my babies are)

ArabianLover2456 03-07-2011 09:40 PM

like everyhorse i know is
cross bred and i fine they are
very good because they excel
at more of a range then if it
was just purebred. hehe :)

Skutterbotch 03-07-2011 09:43 PM

I love my Belgian Paint Mutt :)

sixlets 03-07-2011 09:46 PM

I love my mutt Jasper
He's like a puppy.

AlexS 03-07-2011 09:47 PM

The best horse I ever owned was a grade. She was worth her weight in gold and the people who sold her to me for $2k were complete morons as she was worth 10 times this, even without papers.

When I buy a horse I care about their temperament, conformation, personality and ability or potential ability - I do not care much about papers or color.

mom2pride 03-07-2011 09:48 PM

Since most of the horses I have owned have been grade (some have been purebred, but never reg'd). I love them. I am not at all against purebred horses at all, either, but a good horse is a good horse, whether he is papered or not.

My current mare is QH/Walker cross, and she is a great trail horse, though I do pretty much everything and anything with her. Hoping to do some low key, fun shows this summer, and see how we do, especially in some of the gaming events, cause she can move!Lol!

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