I don't know a whole lot about horse breeding, but it's a facet of the equine world I am very interested in learning more about. I love history, and every once in a while I find myself going down the never-ending internet rabbit hole of long-ago sires and dams that were influential in creating this or that breed. It's pretty fascinating stuff.
Maddeningly, my pony's dam side is a big fat mystery (someone had a favorite little Morgan lesson horse and decided to breed her to a nice Welsh stallion), but his sire's side is real fun to look at...
Here are a handful of photos from Clay's sire's pedigree:
...All photos and info from the public pedigree database.
With hunks like these in his sire line, it's no wonder Clay is so handsome! ;) I love how substantial and strong all these ponies are...you can tell their purpose was farm work originally and they really look like mini draft horses.
Have you researched your horse's breeding, or learned anything interesting or surprising about the history of your favorite breeds?