There were a lot of great guesses yesterday. I enjoyed seeing what other people thought and how much your guesses compared to mine and to the results. Before we got the results my own guess for Eugene was something Iberian (that roman nose) and Paso Fino or related for the gaited because it looks more like a paso shuffle than a running walk. For Levi, I figured some sort of draft horse, quarter horse, and probably some Iberian as well. He has that uphill, rocking -horse canter like the Andalusians.
As I kid I spent hours pouring over those big horses books and loved reading about the different breeds. Getting these test results inspired me to go back to those days and
do a bunch of research read of a bunch of Wikipedia article on the breeds.
Levi’s was simultaneously exactly what I thought and really surprising. He’s obviously got some draft in him so the Belgian Draft and Cream Draft make total sense. But Akhal Teke? The skinny, gorgeously metallic coated horses? That part was unexpected.
I’m not complaining. Akhal Teke’s are gorgeous and I’m happy to pretend I own one. Interestingly the Akhal Teke’s carry the creme gene, while the Cream Draft – despite the word “cream” in the name – carries the Champagne gene. Both produce what looks like a palomino, but aren’t technically palominos. Now I’m tempted to send Levi’s hair in again and see what color he officially is.
Obviously he’s a lot lighter boned than either the Cream Draft or the Belgian, but I think Levi looks more like either of those than the Akhal Teke. I can certainly see him having a combination of both with the bigger bones of the draft lightened up by the Akhal Teke.
Eugene’s report was also surprising. The Quarter Horse part makes sense. Many of the herds in Nevada are from generations of feral ranch horses so they have a lot of QH blood in them. We went on a Mustang viewing pack trip a few years ago and one of the horses we saw was a gelding. Apparently someone just turned him loose.
Trekehner was a surprise though. I really didn’t expect to see any warmblood in Eugene. The Trekehners are a light breed of warmblood with close ties to Thoroughbreds, but still. I would have guessed Standardbred before warmblood.
Finally, the Mountain Pleasure Horse. I knew Eugene was a bit gaited, but thought he looked more Paso than Walking Horse to me. But I really don’t know much about gaited horses and which gaits are which. I love riding them, but I am not good at identifying the various gaits.
Interestingly, the Mountain Pleasure Horse registry requires DNA testing for registry. I wonder if more registries will start doing that and then we can get an even better understanding of horse genetics.
In the end, the DNA report changes nothing. They’re still Mustangs and we like them just the way they are. But I thought it was a lot of fun to do. I could see doing this with any random horse I bought or adopted in the future. In the future if anyone gives me any disdainful attitude about Mustangs, I fully plan on claiming I own an Akhal Teke cross and a Warmblood cross.