As a horse breeder, I have to keep in touch with my audience, market changes, and trends/fads in the horse world. Interestingly, I agree with much of FHOTD's message, but not the delivery (the "I'm right, and you're wrong" attitude bugs me), not the blind faith of so many of the readers (lets call and harass people!), and definitely not the extremism. The blog is, however, very influential in the horse market, and as a business owner, I must respect that.
So, today I pop over, do my checking up, and see "Stonewall Sport Horse" mentioned in the comments. Boo! Hiss! Somehow I knew this would happen. See, someone bred a Friesian to an Appaloosa, and registered it as a Stonewall Sport Horse. I even think I know who it was. (No, not me). The resulting picture was... less then stellar, and the filly is not very colored (black roan). Her ad isn't the best either, as most of the verbiage is in regards to the filly's color, and the filly is in an awkward stage of life and angle in the image. I don't think the filly is nearly as bad as the commenters are making her out to be though. I mean, shooting pictures of a horse is hard... solo, it's impossible! All I have to say is that Draft crosses tend to be VERY ugly as yearlings. Rico and Scorch have been my exceptions, but I hope no one looks at Diva this week, her rump is 6 inches above her withers!
At any rate, the result of crossing a Sugarbush Draft back with a light horse, is a Stonewall Sport Horse. Crossing an Appaloosa with any draft breed is a Stonewall Sport Horse. Stonewall Sport Horses are not really a breed, they are a type. In other words, it's an appaloosa colored draft cross. Just like "Draft Horse" or "Sport Horse" or "Stock Horse" is a type. The Stonewall Sport Horse has been around for about 60 years now I think (I could be wrong on that) and was designed to be a loud colored horse that is laid back by nature, and good for a handicapped therapy program. Stonewall Sport Horses consistently excel at their job.
Of course there will be good and bad examples of horses in every type, but for some reason if it has color then it's evil. I can't count how many ugly Quarter Horses, or Thoroughbreds, or even Arabians I have seen, but if it's a bad "cross breed", it's evil.
Here's my problem with this. I put a ton of time and effort into my breedings. I'm not worried about color, and don't care if I get solids (in fact I am rather a big proponent of the solid appaloosa in the ApHC). I strive to produce horses that I can't find anywhere else, and have found in the Sugarbush Draft breed, and Stonewall Sport Horses. Having a small group of people look at one image of one horse, and deem the entire type to be inferior is ... well... annoying.
I won't even go into the "new fangled cross breeds" when BOTH Stonewall Sport Horses and Sugarbush Draft Horses have been around longer then the Rocky Mountain horse breed. Unfortunately, the RMH had better advertising. It's not MY fault that people who never look past their nose have never heard of these horses. How many people have never heard of Knabstruppers either? Yet they have been around for a few hundred years. My breed is infantile by comparison, but that does not mean less quality!
I know that shortly, in my inbox there will be derogatory statements in reference to Stonewall Sport Horses with out understanding what I am doing, why I am doing it, how I am doing it, or what measures I take to protect my horses for becoming worthless later in life. It's just rabid fans with access to google who will lump my program into their impression taken from a single picture of a gangly filly at a bad angle.
I think I'm doing pretty darned good with my Stonewall Sport Horses.... Not exactly "crap breedings" even if I do say so myself!
Rorschach Hextatic, aka: Rico - Yearling Stonewall Sport Horse
Jinxed Diva, aka: Diva - 2 year old Stonewall Sport Horse
Annandale Olivia, aka:Olivia - Stonewall Sport Horse shown at 2 days of age
Soliloquy, aka:Soli - Stonewall Sport Horse shown at 3 days of age
And of course Rorschach's Slow Burn, aka:Scorch
3 year old Stonewall Sport Horse stallion
It's not all about the color! And I think that my type definitely is not dependent upon the polka dotted rumps. A good horse is a good horse, even if it's a roan, a solid, or as loud as Rico! I prefer the Stonewall Sport Horses because they are a good size (averaging between 16 and 17 hands when mature) have a great mind, are easy to train, are cold natured, so not likely to spook, but have the conformation and heart to perform well.
Oh yeah.... and no Friesians in my breeding program, since my goal is to go from that, to this: