Friday, May 20, 2022

What is she?

Like all wild-born mustangs that have been rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management, Olive has a brand on the left side of her neck. 
When it's showing, most horse people immediately know what breed she is.
Most of the time, however, it's not showing.
And without that obvious visual clue, her breed type is kind of... obscure.
I can't tell you how many times people have asked me, "What is she?"
I was curious, too, so for Mother's Day I requested another DNA test.
The results came back today, but I want to hear your guesses. Here's some information that may or may not help: Olive is an eleven year old Mustang mare from the Divide Basin HMA in Wyoming. She stands fourteen hands tall, wears an XW saddle and 00 shoes. Horses from her HMA tend to be a mix of Old World Iberian breeds, Light Racing and Riding Breeds and New World Iberian breeds. My research has uncovered multiple Divide Basin horses with genetic markers for Turkomans, Quarter Horses, Paso Finos, Tennessee Walking Horses and Shetland Ponies. Other, less common breed influences include Mangalarga Marchadors, Dales, Fells, Shetlands, Galicenos, Morgans, Hanoverians, Standardbreds and Suffolks.
Post your guesses in the comments. If someone gets the top three breeds right - good luck with that! - I'll send you a little prize.

24 comments:

  1. Quarter horse, Morgan, and Suffolk Punch

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  2. i’ve said paso fino and shetland for a while (probably with some quarter horse or morgan in there)
    but now i’m gonna need to know

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  3. I second QH/Morgan/Shetland. But a bit of Suffolk Punch or other draft would not surprise me a bit!

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  4. QH, Standardbred, Fell Pony

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  5. My first guess would be the good old bush pony lol,
    I would say some sort of warm blood breed, some QH and honestly I’m not sure what else.

    Following the DNA of wild ponies is really
    interesting, my friends Kaimanawa pony has some really obvious Arab genes but it dose leave me with the question of how many breeds you can mix before they become their own breed…

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  6. Quarter, Shire, Paso

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  7. QH/Suffolk/Paso

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  8. Morgan, Shetland, Belgian - Kelly Weimer

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  9. Suffolk, Shetland & Paso! I'm probably completely wrong!

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  10. Quarter horse, Galencio, and Morgan

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  11. This is like rolling dice. Quarter, Draft and Morgan,... with a pinch of TWH for spice.

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  12. Paid Shetland Fell

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    1. Haha I’m failing.. Paso Shetland Fell- Brenda S

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  13. Morgan, Dales Pony, Standardbred :)

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  14. I would say Shetland, Morgan, and Thoroughbred. But, um, how could there possibly be Hannoverian in this herd? Like it wasn't even a breed when feral horses went out on the range. Maybe they share common ancestry through the TBs?

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  15. I will guess Morgan, Galiceno, and Paso

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