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8th Feb 2006, 06:45 PM
im thinking about having a foal off my girl in a few years, shes a 16hh chestnut idxtb.
ive been looking at a few breeds, including haflingers, i want something slightly smaller and stockier, but still a capable all rounder.
ive found this site http://www.spanishmustangs.org.uk/index1.html
anyone had any experiences with mustangs?
8th Feb 2006, 11:11 PM
Personally with your mare's really useful sports horse type pedigree I would put her to something with a bit of breeding, you don't want to add too much of a genetic mix or you could end up with something that is the worst of all types.
What about using a Welsh Cob stallion? They cross well with most things or a good Anglo or even purebred Arab? The Bahraini Arabs are an excellent type for crossing - Pearl Island stud have some stunners.
Mustangs are very much a minority here - they were only imported last year from what I remember. I wouldn't cross to them myself, I would go for a known quantity that has some degree of resale value if you decide to sell at a later date.
20th Feb 2006, 06:21 AM
Personally, I wouldn't breed an irish sport horse to anything without some sort of pedigree- it's just not a great economic decision. If you really want something smaller and stockier, I would suggest a smaller warmblood or quarter horse, etc. A quarter horse has almost the same look as mustangs, but with more structure to them, and more value. You can easily find a very stocky horse to breed to if that's what you really want.
20th Feb 2006, 06:55 AM
I've never thought of Mustangs as being stocky horses. Are you looking for the stud to put in the stockyness(is that a word? :D ), or is your mare stocky? I would do a Haflinger, just because I like the drafty breeds :D Others have talked about only breeding to something with a pedigree, Haflingers have registries too...
If you really wanted a foal, couldn't you just adopt/rescue/buy one? You wouldn't have to worry about your mare going through the pregnancy and birth, and would be able to give a horse a good home, and possibly save it from slaughter. There are so many horses out there that need good homes...
Sorry for getting off topic, you were asking for opinions on Mustangs, not asking for everyone to give you their opinions on breeding :D
20th Feb 2006, 08:40 AM
thanks for your opinions.
i was told by a former boss of mine, whos friend bred morgans, that they were excellent crossed with tbs, made great allrounders, my boss bred tbs for racing and showjumping and was an eventer herself, and she reckonned my mare would have a nice foal off a mustang, she also reckonned my mare would have a nice foal with anything:D
my girl was bred to event but unfortunatly something went wrong as she has arthrits, her other siblings from her dams side are fine, and her sire is producing top offspring, some of those are breeding stallions aswell.
shes a lovely, lovely mare with a great personality and id love something to keep her alive, so a foal for my own use would be suitable. ive met a gorgous haflinger stallion, but im still looking around, im also looking at youngsters to bring on, but id still love a foal out of my lovely girl.
26th Feb 2006, 02:00 AM
Mustangs can be small and stocky, but if you wanted something bigger and still more heavier boned, a Welsh like someone said could possibly work, or a bigger Hanoverian may be a great cross with an Irish Warmblood. I would definitly suggest something of a warmblood as a cross for yours, although Mustangs are great horses, they may not be what you would look for crossed with an Irish Warmblood.
26th Feb 2006, 03:33 AM
I'm not sure about the availability in the UK but in the states there's the Kiger mustang and it's very beautiful.
26th Feb 2006, 05:47 PM
I was going to say, Kigers are by far the most attractive in the smaller section of mustang breeds.
There are also a group (forgetting name, so totally useless) out of specific areas in the US mountains that are over 16 hands. Definately good for the rider who likes tall over short.
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