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post #1 of 8 Old 01-03-2016, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question Warmblood paint cross- good or bad?

I am looking at a warmblood paint cross that I struely beautiful but I want to know what are the pros and cons of this breed. Would there be anything I would need to know? I haven't ever had a paint or warmblood before so are there any health problems or risks?
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What plans do you have for this horse?
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I would be doing 2'9-3'6 hunters
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Do you have any confo pictures?

Mine is similar to what you are describing. He has a lot of bone, though. He's been lame twice, but nothing serious. Otherwise very hardy and up for anything. We don't jump but he has free-jumped happily.

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If you're referring to the American breed that we call paints, that are registered with the American paint horse association, and a European warmblood, that's a bit of an unusual mix. Not saying it may not be a nice horse, but those are very different types and it's less likely that you'll get a horse that exemplifies either type. Colored warmblood do exist, but they would not be considered paint/warmblood crosses.

With such a mix of type, a lot of it is going to depend on the actual horse. Also a horse that will win in 2'9 hunters and one that will win in the jrs or A/Os (which are the 3'6 divisions) can be quite different. A winner in a 2'9 division is unlikely to be fancy enough to win the jrs and a winning Jr. horse may be too sensitive of a ride for the average 2'9 rider to manage.
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I agree with the comment above, this is a somewhat unusual mix if you mean an American Paint Horse. I think it will depend a lot on what the paint side was bred for, there is a fair bit of variety in that breed. If they come from thoroughbreds instead of quarter horses I would expect a little more jumping scope, but a lot of paints are bred for specific western disciplines. I also think sometimes these crosses were bred just for color so it is not easy to guess about this mix. That being said I can't think of breed-specific problems you should watch out for and it is certainly possible that the horse could make a solid hunter. If you are able to investigate the paint side a little farther back it could shed some more light on the horse's potential.
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So many different types of WB out there its hard to say though out of all the types of horse I've ever owned or dealt with the WB's have to be the least straightforward even compared to the typical TB which actually seem to be able to do a good job of thinking for themselves most of the time - which is what makes them such good eventing horses. The WB's mostly need guidance every inch of the way or they get themselves into trouble and they weren't bred to be quiet beginner horses, in top competition a hotter horse is preferred and the breed was 'designed' to compete
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There is a chestnut pinto warmblood lesson horse at the show barn I'm at - I'm GUESSING paint/warmblood cross, but it could be something else with the pinto gene. He is a very well minded gelding, beginner friendly, lots of bone, and wonderfully sane. He is a level 2 dressage horse and is currently teaching my friend to ride sidesaddle.

Overall he is athletic and has a good mind. I've never seen him jump but I bet he could quickly become a 3-day eventer if someone had decided to go that direction with him.
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