Why Choose A Crossbred Horse?
Cross breeding is the origin of most breeds of horses. The Thoroughbred for example was created by breeding 20 warmbooded mares belonging to the Queen of England to three stallions, The Darley Arabian, The Godolphin Arabian and the Byerly Turk (A Barb). Likewise the European Warmbloods have their origins in the selective infusion of "hot blood" over several centuries to an original base of horses of a particular type or "landrace" rather than breed even, originally descended from the Forest Horse, also the ancestor of the draft breeds. Just as in-breeding (or line breeding) re-enforces desired (and undesired, unfortunately) traits and qualities and amplifies them, cross breeding seeks to combine the best of both breeds, eliminating genetically reinforced infirmities such as HYPP and navicular for example, and producing a phyically more rubust animal with "hybrid vigor". Selective Cross breeding over several generations can produce a blended "type" of horse, while preserving hybid vigor.
Our horses are chosen for a combination of the best qualities of the Clydesdale, Percheron, Shire, Thoroughbred, and Hackney Horse to produce an athletic, versatile horse with an uncomplicated disposition.
To Name Just A Few
Why the Shire?
One of the largest horses in the world, the Shire originated in the 'Shires' of England and is a descendant of the Old English Black Horse whose ancestors were the 'great horses' of medieval times.
A Shire can stand 19 hands, and is an immensely strong, big-barrelled horse, with long legs carrying much feather. It nevertheless has a fine head in comparison to its overall size. Despite its great size and strength the Shire is among the gentlest of horses, with a sound mind and a solid work ethic. These qualities contribute to making the Shire a showy, athletic horse. The gentle and accepting nature and sturdy athletic build make the Shire an excellent contributor to a crossbred breeding program.
Why the Clydesdale?
The Clydesdale is used for its size and its wonderful temperament. With its good sloping shoulders and long legs, the Clydesdale is noted for its free movement and ground covering stride. The Clydesdale also has a long well-arched neck with a short compact body and powerful hind quarters. All of these qualities contribute to making it the most athletic of all draft horses. Like the Shire, the Clydesdale also has an accepting nature and contibutes both smooth gaits and trainability to their descendants.
Why the Hackney Horse?
The Hackney has a strong, compact body with great depth of chest. This provides them with exceptional self carriage and the natural ability to elevate their shoulders and collect on their haunches. The Hackney horse was used extensively as foundation sires in such breeds as Holsteiner and Trakhener and additionally was bred for endurance and is capable of “going the distance”, which proves to be a valuable asset in a wide range of sports, Fox Hunting particularly. Although the Hackney is most well known for its elegant high stepping movement in harness, it is interesting to note that the world high jump record of 8’2” is held by a Hackney cross bred. The Hackney's unique combination of uphill build and extreme freedom of elbow contribute to jumping ability and movement.
Why the Thoroughbred?
The Thoroughbred has played an important role in establishing many of today’s prominent breeds, such as the Hanoverian and the Dutch Warmblood. The Thoroughbred contributes strength, courage, and elasticity, while also adding a refined conformation and elegant head and neck. The Thoroughbred’s deep girth allows for a large heart and great lung capacity which proves to be valuable for stamina and endurance. With its many great qualities, the Thoroughbred is still one of the most competitive horses in equine sports (i.e. racing and show jumping).
The American Paint Horse?
American Paint horses travel with a flat knee, tend to be well muscled and so tend to flatten out the action of draft breeds while contributing a good covering of muscle which can result in individual offspring that are flat moving and well coupled. It goes without saying that the addition of APHA genes produces the pallette of possible coat color in offspring.
These are just a few breeds of horse that excel in equestrian sports. The combination of these breeds can give you courage, soundness and endurance while producing a horse which is refined and athletic, yet sound of mind. Whether its field hunting, dressage, eventing, show jumping, driving or even pleasure riding, the cross bred horse proves to be exceptionally competitive. These horses are appropriate mounts for just about any equestrian sport and are easily trained by amateurs and professionals alike.