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A few years down the line, I would like to breed my pony mare. I would love to breed her to an Arabian (and have the foal registered as Half-Arab), but I would also love to try for a buckskin/palomino colored foal. (My mare is super dark bay)
I have heard it a thousand times- don't breed for color- but as I would have the intention to keep the foal for its entire life and use it for driving and as a horse for my future child(ren), I believe I can have some leeway here. Plus, I firmly believe a horse is 5% breeding, 25% nature, and 70% training.
I don't know, however, if there exists a creme/perlino gene in purebred Arabians (to which I would have to breed her for the foal to be registerable)
Does anyone have any advice on this matter, and does anyone know for certain whether or not purebred cremello Arabians exist?
(I have seen quite a few cremello "Arabians" at stud, but further investigation has proven all but one (I can't find enough information on him) have been only near-pure or half-Arabs themselves.
No, there is no diluted gene allowed in the breeding of purebred Arabians, so there is no possibility of a cremello/perlino or even buckskin/palomino purebred Arabian. It would have to be a cross. Some might have a high percentage of Arabian blood, but it is impossible for them to be purebred.
It is absolutely your choice to breed your mare to whatever stallion you choose, but Arabians are sure not know for their suitability as driving horses!!
Thanks for the info, Serena! I've worked with Arabs all my life, and in my experience they're smart enough for any discipline... sometimes too smart! lol. I think that tends to be the problem most people encounter. They're just too good at getting away with stuff.