Educate me on crossing full Saddlebred with Oldenburg breeding
A few days ago, on a Facebook group I belong to, a video of a nice looking colt was posted. Nice mover. So I started looking into his breeding. When I see a nice horse I often look into who mom and dad are for future reference.
I was surprised to see that the colt was out of a full saddlebred. The mare is "Approved: ISR/OLDna, RPSI" and the stallion is a registered Oldenburg. I haven't seen a cross to a full saddlebred before.
Are there many breeders who are breeding full saddlebred crosses? If so what are the reasons? What would a breeder be looking to add with saddlebred blood? And what discipline would that breeder likely be marketing to?
Thanks for your thoughts!
There are Saddlebreds and there are Saddlebreds
If you sort through the mares available in any breed you will find mares who are sport horses and non sport horses. There are MANY fewer sport horses Saddlebred types than there used to be but they are out there even still. The problems using Saddlebreds that are not sport horse type is the same as any non sport type mare fom any breed. The mare is MORE than 50% of the final picture. You don't get a 50/50 split of the charecteristics...you get a 50/50 split of the genetics but you can end up with just as or more prepotent a Saddlebred as a warmblood stallion and the positive charecteristics can contribute to a positive result or the negative charecteristics really truely mess you up.
If you have 10 mares you can have 1 great foal with the best of both and 9 where the mix is not so good and a range in between. Bad traits are genetic sway back, zero width of chest, knock kneed, toes out, very long weak loined back and then charecteristics that are wanted in a Saddlebred like a long narrow head with a snorty roley looking eye, straight walled feet so you can lengthen the foot etc. They are not traits appreciated in warmbloods. If you have a true sport type mare and you know the produce of the dam and know the produce of the sire you have a better chance of predicting the offspring.
What is interesting is that dressage warmbloods at the top of performance have an increasing amount of snort and action...Saddlebreds have snort and action maybe you will win in the cross. If you love the look and mind of Saddlebreds...I loved the Saddlebreds of the 60s and before...then I think buying a cross would be a better idea than gambling on the cross as a breeder but that is usually the case with outcrosses. PatO