Favorite Breed Assignments

I’m up to my neck in IMEHA classes to judge, but making slow progress. It’s put a bit of a halt on studio goings on and blog posting too. So tonight I’m taking a break to share some of my favorite uncommon but awesome breed assignments for mini molds.

Classic Swaps as a Caspian Pony

Caspian ponies have short heads, large eyes, and small muzzles. The neck is slim and graceful, leading into sloping shoulders, good withers, straight back, slim body and high set tail. The legs are slim, with dense, strong bone.The overall impression of the Caspian, from the tip of its muzzle to the crested, flowing tail, is that of a very small, well-proportioned horse. They are usually bay, grey, black, dun, or chestnut.

Swaps also makes a lovely Anglo-Arab.

Classic Andalusian Stallion as Azteca

The Azteca is a mix of Andalusian, Lusitano, Quarter Horse, and Criollo bloodlines. Specific combinations of these three breeds make up the Azteca breed from Azteca A to Azteca F based on the crossbreeding table. Impress your judge by naming the exact mix!

Ideally, the horse is a balance of both breeds, being not too tall and lean, nor too short and stocky. The head has a straight or slightly convex profile, with small, well-pricked ears, and expressive eyes. The neck is well muscled and slightly arched. Withers are medium to sharp, and the horse has a straight, fairly short back, and a broad, round croup. The mane and tail are flowing and the tail is set low. The girth is deep and full, and the shoulder is long and sloping. The Azteca has well-muscled cannon bones with good joints; however, the cannons are long and thin. The bone density should favor the Spanish ancestry rather than the Quarter Horse.

Classic Terrang as Budyonny

The Budonny breed generally stands about 16 hh and is generally chestnutwith a golden sheen, although they may also be bay, gray or black. They have a well-proportioned head with a straight profile, a long neck, pronounced withers, sloping shoulders, a wide, deep chest, a long, straight back, and a slightly sloping croup. Their legs are long and strong with good joints and well-formed hooves. The modern horse has a strong build, good bone, and are quite similar to the Thoroughbred. 

Stablemate G2 Andalusian as Warlander

The head is carried upright and shows the stamp of nobility. The profile is straight or slightly convex. The neck is well-muscled and high arched, springing from the shoulder, and narrowing toward the head with a fine clean throatlatch. The mane should be abundant with thick luxurious hair that is neither coarse nor overly fine. The back is straight and strong flowing from the withers in a straight line to a well rounded croup. The overall look should be a smooth line that flows gracefully. The shoulder is well sloping, long, and muscular with a 50 degree angle. Legs should have solid bone, without being overly heavy. All solid coat colors are permitted.

I also like the G2 Andy as a Lippizaner, Alter Real, and Lusitano.

Stablemate G3 Friesian as Warlander

I also like the G3 Friesian as a Fell Pony, Friesian Sport Horse, and perhaps Welsh Cob.

Stablemate G3 Thoroughbred as British Riding Pony

Riding Ponies are more like a small horse than a pony, with small heads and ears. They are compact, with sloping shoulders and a narrow front. Their feet are tough and they possess strong limbs. They are well-proportioned with comfortable gaits and free-flowing movement. There are three types. The show pony resembles a miniature show hack with pony features, and often contain Arabian or Thoroughbred blood. The show hunter type is similar to the show pony, but with more substance. The pony should be suitable to carry a child across country. The working hunter is a stockier and more workmanlike type. I like this mold as a Show Pony or Show Hunter Type.

The G3 Thoroughbred also makes a good Rheinland Pfalz-Saar, a breed I had never heard of until I started judging this show.

Stablemate G3 Drafter as Norman Cob

The Norman Cob is stockily built throughout and is obviously strong and powerful, but it is not a true heavy breed and lacks the massive frame and proportions of the heavy draft horses a good trade for its energetic and active ability. A crested neck and a sensible head are typical. The Norman Cob is compact through the body with a short, strong back running into powerful quarters.  The barrel of the horse is characteristically deep an round and the strong shoulder is nicely sloped. The limbs of the Norman Cob are short and very muscular but they are lighter than those of the heavy breeds and do not carry the same profuse feather.  The traditional coat colors are chestnut, bay or bay-brown.  Occasionally red-roan or gray occurs.

Stablemate G3 Standing Pony as Kerry Bog Pony

The Kerry Bog Pony has an average sized head with a dished face. The nexk is strong and of medium length. The shoulder is rounded and muscular. The body is compact and strong with a deep chest of good girth, well-sprung ribs, and powerful quarters. The legs are strong with a short cannon bone and pasterns. CThey can be any solid color as well as tobiano, sabino, and rabicano.

I love the G3 Pony. He is versatile and also makes a lovely Icelandic Pony, Highland Pony (minimal white only), Dales Pony (minimal white only), Shetland/Welsh Cross, Grade Pony, Chincoteague Pony, Dartmoor Pony, or Welsh Section A.

Peter Stone Chips Thoroughbred as Light Waler

The Waler is commonly confused with the Australian Stock Horse but is in fact a separate breed. Walers have a well sloped shoulder, strong back, powerful legs, big clean joints and correctly sloped pasterns, at an angle corresponding to the shoulder. They have a deep girth, well-sprung ribs, alert eyes, and a strong, graceful neck. As befitting a cavalry horse, some carry their heads high, to protect the rider. Colouring is predominantly solid bay, chestnut, black, brown and grey. There are four types of Waler: a pony type, light type (pictured), medium type, and heavy type.

Peter Stone Chips Andalusian as Abaco Barb

The Barb is a light riding horse with great stamina. It has a powerful front end, high withers, short back, a sloping, narrow croup, and carries its tail low. It is hardy, with clean legs, and small, round, sound hooves. It usually is gray, but bay, black, chestnut, and brown horses are also found. The Abaco Barb is an endangered strain of the Spanish Barb horse breed that resides on the Island of Abaco in the Bahamas. The Abaco Barb can come in different colors than the usual Barb, including pinto (including the relatively uncommon splashed white), roan,chestnut, black and other colors.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I do!

All of the information and pictures above I found by simply googling the breeds, so there is plenty of info and photos out there to use as reference materials. Always remember to provide information to judges if you are using a rare breed… we really appreciate it!

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