Breeding the Hispano-Arab

Editor's Note - Article updated May 2016: I wrote this article several  years ago when the half-Andalusian breed was more popular. I had met a Hispano-Arab and watched the movement and was not impressed. Much of the quality of a crossbred is going to depend on the parents, of course. If you just want a fun horse to ride, then a cross between the Arab and Andalusian might work for you. In fact, in Spain, the Andalusian is often crossed with thoroughbreds and Arabs for a more athletic, using horse.

The Hispano Arab is a cross between an Andalusian (or Lusitano or Spanish horse) and an Arabian horse.

Should You Breed Hispano Arabs?

Even though your hispano Arab might be well conformed and beautiful, its not going to bring near the price of a purebred Andalusian (of course you know that), although you might be able to get a little more than if it were an average Arabian.

I think this is a nice cross, but in certain cases the Arab type and Andalusian type you might be using could cancel out each other's positives - be VERY choosy in the stallion you use. Personally, I prefer the QH crosses with Arabs as they add the good "behind". I also like the National Show Horse (Saddlebred crossed with Arabian).

What Happens with Movement and Conformation When Crossing the Two Breeds?

Some Arabians have beautiful floaty trots that are ground covering and some Andalusians have choppy, knee lifting gaits. If you breed the wrong two horses together, you might get something that can't doesn't move well at all.

Arabian horses have lovely dished faces and Andalusians have straight, sometimes roman nosed profiles - sometimes mixing the two doesn't work. If you like pretty heads on horses, you will probably choose an Andalusian that displays more Arabian characteristics like a refined head, but this isn't the true type of Spanish horse and you might not get all the benefits of the true breed as a result.

Andalusians don't always have the best driving engine or hindquarters that drive up underneath. Your Arab may be built better - result - you decrease this aspect. Some Andalusians have bad necks, Arabs better. So it all depends on the blending.

Arabs are built with high croups at times, better ones I believe had nice rounded butts. It's hard to find Andalusians with good croups.

An Andalusian could probably put some bone and a little substance on your Arabian, as long as he doesn't add any faults, I've seen some gorgeous Arab crosses but they were probably the result of showy/fancy stock on both sides of the pedigree.

What Would It Take To Produce A Great Hispano Arab?

To produce a really good Hispano-Arab you need a super good Andalusian stallion and that will cost $$$ - the better ones standing for $2,000 and up to purebreds. A breeder will often discount their Andalusian stallion for non-Andalusian mares - so be sure to ask. However, the fee will still be rather high for the result of a crossbred. This makes the profit margin for such an offspring much narrower than if you were  breeding purebreds.

Questions About Marketability

I received the following questionnaire from someone interested in breeding Hispano-Arabs. My responses are in italic.

What would you consider a fair price for a well-conformed, quadruple or quintuple registered, buckskin or palomino hispano Arabe weanling or yearling?

Around 2k to 4K [pre-recession prices - currently probably 1K] depending on size and exceptional beauty. As for color, remember that most Andalusians are grey and you wouldn't want to use them to get color. Your dilute gene would probably have to come from your Arab or from the Lusitano and more rarely the Andalusian. The problem is that there are some serious breed faults in the Iberian horses carrying the dilute genes.

How about a 2 yr. old?

4 - 8K [pre-recession prices - currently probably about 2 to 3 K].

Green broke 3 yr. old?

You rarely get money back on training

4 yr. old with some show experience?

You can make some good money, but the market is smaller

If you were shopping for such a horse, would you consider a horse outside of your state or region?

yes

Would you pay more for a buckskin, palomino, or black horse than for a gray, bay, or chestnut one?

Yes for buckskin, palomino...not that fond of black

Assuming the stallion had a successful show record, would it matter to you if the mother had a show history or not, as long as she was of good quality and temperament?

Should not matter if bred to top show stallion

Are you personally in the market for a horse like this?

No

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