The equine world’s version of “It’s a bird. It’s a plane! No, it’s …” Ready for it?
It’s a Percheron! It’s a Thoroughbred! No, it’s a THROTRON!
Dear Snarky Rider:
I can’t take it anymore! I run through the local classifieds each morning, looking over the horses, and every single day some dingbat inevitably lists their wonderful “warmblood.” When will people realise that neither a horse’s height nor the fact that it’s a cross-bred (if that) make it a warmblood?! Well, my mind spun yet again today when I came across a new and AMAZING warmblood breed – THE THROTRON. Never fear, you didn’t just have a stroke, nor are you losing your sight or your mind (hopefully): you read that correctly . . .a Throtron. What is a Throtron you might ask? Well, according to the ad, it’s a warmblood, and not just any old warmblood but the much coveted Thoroughbred / Percheron cross. Now, I’m of the mind that a good horse is a good horse (and a bad one, a bad one), whatever the breed. Therefore, I also think people should own up to what their horse actually is, and not make up silly names for it, or stick the warmblood tag on willy-nilly. So, in that vein, a draft cross isn’t a warmblood . . . it’s a draft cross. Calling it a Thortron doesn’t change that one.single.solitary.bit.
“Mattie is a Percheron/TB cross, sometimes called a throtron. Big, kind and gentle all her ground work is finished and she is now being started under saddle. She can be anything from a trail horse to english pleasure, or even an eventer or a jumper. She just has a great mind and willing to do whatever you ask.”
Just how they got “throtron” out of Thoroughbred and Percheron is beyond me. Or did they misspell their take on the Hollywood couples naming thing (TomKat, Bennifer, Brangelina, I’m sure there are more recent ones but I’m not really up on the celeb buzz)? In which case the name should actually be Thorotron – which is completely amazeballs. Come on! Megatron… Thorotron! See? It’s a horse transformer!!! How awesome is that?
It’d be like if a My Little Pony had a sordid affair with a Transformer!
I’m just saying, if a Thoroughbred breeding with a Percheron yields me a horse than can morph into a car, then I’m all for it!