I have often mused over Francie's background over the past four and a half years. Recently I discovered that I could send off her DNA to Texas A+M, where they have a horse breed registry. So I shipped off some hair samples and waited with great curiosity. Here's a recent picture if you want a reminder.
When the results came back I was surprised! The primary breed that came back was Holsteiner, which is a type of warmblood (a draft breed mixed with a more athletic breed, often thoroughbred). Holsteiners are known to be good jumpers. I could really see the Holsteiner in her head, and they are often bay in color with minimal white markings, so this isn't what surprised me.
The secondary breed that came back was Caspian. This is a breed native to Iran, and I wasn't familiar with them, so this was very surprising. Indeed, they are rare in the United States. They are small horses, but known to be good jumpers.
The third breed that came back was Arabian. Francie doesn't look Arabian to me at all. But sometimes she gets a wild hair and does stick her tail straight in the air like an Arab while running in the pasture.
It was exciting to find out a little more about Francie's background. I'm still as baffled as ever about where her origin may be, but I'm happy to know a little more about her breeding. DNA is so interesting, don't you think?