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Can I find out what he is? UPDATE photos added post 16

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  • Can I find out what he is? UPDATE photos added post 16

    Last month, I adopted an abandoned weanling from animal control. Poor little creature was found roaming around a local island. He's no more than 5 months old. On rounds a few weeks after he was found, the vet I work for and myself ended up at his foster farm and I lost my marbles and said I'd take him.

    He's a joy. He is tiny, and living with my TB mare who is a great adopted mom. All is well. He's learning quickly, can be haltered and handled after just 2 weeks with us, and has a very kind temperament.

    My question is, is there anyway I can find out what breed he is? Is there somewhere we can send off blood for DNA testing?

    I don't really care what he is, just curious.
    Last edited by FindersKeepers; Sep. 22, 2013, 11:04 AM.
    Strong promoter of READING the entire post before responding.

  • #2
    Wow, screen name = destiny, eh finderskeepers?
    I don't know about DNA testing but I'm pretty sure you'll have a better idea in a few months when he develops. If you have a picture the breeders forum would probably be a good place to post, they are probably adept at spotting breed characteristics in babies.
    How very sweet of you for adopting him.


    • #3
      You can send a DNA sample to Texas A&M.

      I was going to do it with my grade pony, purely for entertainment value. I doubt there is any real accuracy in it at all -- it's not like matching up DNA against a known sire/dam.

      You'll probably get just as close a guess doing a "Guess the breed" thread on here with pictures.
      She Gets Lost


      • #4
        Originally posted by Chall View Post
        Wow, screen name = destiny, eh finderskeepers?
        Was thinking the same thing. So glad you took him in!
        But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson


        • #5
          You know, if you added pictures to this thread we could probably help..............


          • #6
            Considering the location and if he ends up being small, could be the Marsh Tacky, which is rare enough that you could rule it out via DNA, then see what else he might be.
            RIP Sasha, best dog ever, pictured shortly before she died, Death either by euthanasia or natural causes is only the end of the animal inhabiting its body; I believe the spirit lives on.


            • #7
              OP is one of the nicest people in the world. And I'm so glad that the young pony found in the tomato patch found her. He looks a lot like her mare, just much smaller.

              I'm sure there are lots of places who do DNA testing. Wonder who does the testing for the JC?

              He's cute as a button, and is in a good place with OP and her mare. Cloudy and Hattie are happy that N has the little boy. It would be great if he is a marsh tacky. My father was always telling me about marsh tacky horses when I was a kid. There is a marsh tacky association in SC and they do have races each year on the island near where OP lives. So maybe contact that association? I know they have a website.

              P.S. I hope he was a good boy when Darian went over to trim his hooves.


              • #8
                Oh cute! This thread is worthless without pictures :-)

                I was just wondering about DNA testing the other day...I have a nurse mare foal that has us stumped!


                • #9
                  I know he's cute because I have seen his picture. He's bay and tiny, and looks great grazing beside Rory. OP used to board where I used to board when she had her wonderful girl Bailey. Now OP boards on the other side of the river.


                  • #10
                    I agree on the Marsh Tacky or Marsh Tackyx. There are some of old-time natives to the area who keep some of them on those little islands. It's not completely out of the realm of possibility, especially if he's pony sized.

                    ETA- I'm an HHI native, not just some random chick from CO who pretends to know what I'm talking about
                    Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                    My equine soulmate
                    Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding


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                      • #12
                        He looks marshtacky to me
                        "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


                        • #13
                          Photos??? I wanna see this cutie!
                          "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mroades View Post
                            He looks marshtacky to me
                            Did I miss some pics somewhere, or has mroades had a first hand viewing of him?
                            At its finest, rider and horse are joined not by tack, but by trust. Each is totally reliant upon the other. Each is the selfless guardian of the other's very well-being.
                            (Author Unknown)


                            • #15
                              Hey what the heck, where are the PHOTOS????
                              Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                              • Original Poster

                                CloudynCallie has seen photos via email and mroades knows me in real life and on facebook. He does look Marsh Tacky, but is too tiny to be only Marsh Tacky... or just stunted because he was taken from mom so early. My hope is that he'll stay under 14.2 and can be a pony for my best friend's child (she's expecting now) and my own someday.

                                Here is a link to my blog, with photo.

                                For comparison, my mare is 15.3. He is, best guess, about 5 months old, based on teeth and behavior. (only has his first and second incisors, no sign of thirds, and still suckles on my mare... despite it being pointless...)

                                I was considering sending a sample to A&M as they did all of the original research on the Marsh Tacky lines, so they would definitively be able to tell me if he was all Marsh Tacky or a cross. It would just shock me if he was 100% because the people around here that breed MT are a very closed group and treasure those babies. I can't imagine one of those people would lose one and not claim it if it was full blooded.

                                My screen name was my old TB mare's show name as she was a rescue. I pulled a starving mare out of a field, and a year later was at an A show and was offered a very large sum of money for her. I said "no thanks, finders keepers" and that was her show name for the rest of her years
                                Strong promoter of READING the entire post before responding.


                                • #17
                                  He's adorable. What a patient mare allowing him to try to suckle. They look great together.
                                  At its finest, rider and horse are joined not by tack, but by trust. Each is totally reliant upon the other. Each is the selfless guardian of the other's very well-being.
                                  (Author Unknown)


                                  • #18
                                    Oh goooooooooooooooosh he's cute. OMG. He could be his own breed, he's so cute.
                                    "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"


                                    • #19
                                      What a cutie! And your mare is a beauty as well.
                                      I loff my Quarter horse clique

                                      I kill threads dead!


                                      • #20
                                        How wonderful! They are both beautiful. Can't wait to read the installments - and what you find out from DNA testing.
                                        Never argue with a fool. Noone can tell who is who.