Quarter horse cross breeding
I found this fantastic Oldenburg stallion (IRONMAN) - well between him and my Quarter horse mare - what a baby they could make. Has anyone cross bred a Oldenburg and a QH or know of any? The stallion is a lot bigger than the Mare, but...... what a baby.
Is this mare a maiden mare (never had a foal before)? If so, stay away from stallions that are much bigger than her; having a baby that's too big might result in complications through the pregnancy, and especially during birth.
When you're breeding, you want to consider the following:
- Do the mare and stallion compliment one another (i.e. any weak points in the mare are strong points in the stallion, and vice-versa, for example, if the mare has a long, weak back, you want to choose a stallion that has a short, strong back (among other traits!))
- What is the purpose of the breeding? Do you have a goal? The world is literally over-run with horses right now, so why do you want to create this foal? What will make it special?
- What are your plans for the foal?
- What has the mare accomplished?
I'm sorry for the lecture, but honestly unless the mare is a superior specimine, I would hold back on breeding her...
As for your question about QH crosses - they aren't very marketable. If you're looking at possibly selling down the line, this is very important to consider; most people in the Warmblood circles like PURE Warmbloods - or crosses of PURE Warmbloods.. And (although I don't agree with it at all), people in the Warmblood world do "look down" on QH and QH crosses...
Alright I'll get off my soapbox!
and to add to what JDI said, a lot of people in the qh world are not interested in crosses. So....unless YOU want the foal, and don't think you will want to sell at some point, I would try to stick with same breed so that foal can be registered.
There are very few breed mixes that I would show interest in, and of those breed mixes, it would have to be a proven and very talented individual in whatever discipline I was looking at doing.
As for qhXoldenburg...I have no idea about how the offspring would turn out.
This is an Oldenburg/QH cross. Personally I don't find them to be very impressive or ideal looking.
I totally agree with JDI. I ride hunter/jumper and the only warmblood crosses that people around me seem to find acceptable are warmblood/tb crosses and even those are iffy.
I definitely wouldn't consider a qh X oldenburg very marketable. It's seems very mismatched to me.
As a qh lover, I wouldn't want to see another cross that ends up on the wrong side of what the heck is that. Just my 2cents.
I have never been impressed by what I have seen of QHs crossed on Warmbloods, they are two TOTALLY different body types, for different purposes.
I agree with the others. There is probably little need to make this cross unless you plan on keeping the foal, even then, I'd really, really, really think about it and weigh the options.
I have seen this cross before...she wasn't anything special, actually she came from a rescue situation. She was sold after some training, quite cheaply and the owners purchased a purebred Oldenburg instead. They had big dressage dreams.
Why would you want to breed this combo? What would be the benefit? What would be so amazing about it? Lots of questions you will have to consider.
There are a lot of nice foals on the ground that would be of better breeding, why not purchase one?
Just my two cents.
Everyone makes good points IMO. This is like the big fad going around of breeding Arabian's to Percherons....why?
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