Runner Breeds Reference Manaul

Originally by Herder Matison - Updated by Herder Dalaynia and Chanthea

Introduction

This book is an abridged reference of the main runner breeds on Pern. It contains most of the common breeds as well as many of the breeds specific to particular holds and/or purposes.

This manual as been added to and updated by Dalaynia. New breeds are marked with an *

Widespread Types

Standardbreed
Origin: Fort Hold
Ancient Relations: English Thoroughbred, American Standardbred, Hambletonian
Usual Height: 16 - 18 h
Usual Colors: chestnut, brown, black, occasional bay or grey.
Temperament: Can be excitable and spirited.
Body Type: Tall, long bones - slender, light musculature.
Uses: Racing - any distance, favored for long distances. Used in many holds as part of the guard unit, and was favored by Fax in his light cavalry.

Working Runners
Origin: disputed. Fort or Ruatha.
Ancient Relation: Morgan.
Usual Height: 14.2 - 16.2 h
Usual Colors: Bay, brown.
Temperament: Quiet, willing.
Body Type: Stocky, compact light runner.
Uses: All farm work - pulling and carrying. Good for small holders, as it is a very versatile runner, good for travelling as well as farm work.

Shire
Origin: Fort.
Ancient Relations: Shire, Percheron
Usual Height: 16 - 19h
Usual Colors: Any
Temperament: Docile
Body Type: Heavy, Massive bones and musculature.
Uses: Pulling - extremely string.

Highland Draft
Origin: Ruatha
Relations: Shire, Working Runner, Standardbreed, Fort Draft
Usual Height: 15.2 - 18h
Usual Colors: Grey to Black, incl. blue roan and dappling.
Temperament: Spirited, but willing.
Body Type: Light draft - Compact, large-boned frame.
Uses: Carrying heavy loads, pulling.

Hill Runner
Origin: Fort
Ancient Relations: Connemara
Usual Height: 13 - 16h
Usual Colors: Grey or Dun
Temperament: Highly intelligent, willing.
Body Type: Medium boned with light musculature.
Uses: Versatile. Good in endurance and jumping. Popular among holders for traveling cross-country. Easy keeper.

Plains Walker
Origin: Keroon
Ancient Relations: Tennessee Walking Horse, American Saddlebred.
Usual Height: 15 - 17h
Usual Colors: Palomino or Brown
Temperament: Even-tempered.
Body Type: Slender legs, round barrel with broad chest and hindquarters.
Uses: Extremely comfortable, unique gait and comfortable back makes this breed ideal for surveying large holdings. Anywhere there are large farmholds, this breed is found, though it is bred mainly in Keroon.

Mineholder
Origin: Crom
Ancient Relations: Shetland, Chincoteague
Usual Height: 9 - 12 h
Usual Colors: Grey, Piebald/Skewbald
Temperament: Easily trained, docile.
Body Type: Short, thick legs and round body.
Uses: Primarily in the mines. Excellent night vision and are very sure-footed. Good instincts for safety in the tunnels. Are also used by lords and ladies for their children, but most holders won't buy a runner that is only for a child.

Light Carter
Origin: Varied
Relations: Just about everything. This is your typical mutt.
Usual Height: 13 - 16 h
Usual Colors: Any
Temperament: Depends on the individual.
Body Type: Light runner, medium boned with medium to light musculature.
Uses: Everything, though most traders have at least one of these, thereby giving the name.

Burro
Origin: Igen
Ancient Relations: Burro-pony (interbreeding possible)
Usual Height: 10 - 14 h
Usual Colors: Brown to black, with lighter points.
Temperament: Intelligent, stubborn
Body Type: Scrawny-looking - spindly legs and light musclature
Uses: Carting and Carrying, esp. in mountainous or terraced regions. Extremely sure-footed and well-balanced, as well as strong.

Southern Draft
Origin: Southern Boll
Ancient Relations: Clydesdale
Usual Height: 16 - 19 h
Usual Colors: Bay, Piebald/Skewbald
Temperament: Easy-going
Body Type: Light Draft, large boned with medium musculature.
Uses: Working in hot climates - well adapted to the heat, efficient metabolism.

Mustang
Origin: Southern Continent; wild
Ancient Relations: Who knows?
Usual Height: 14 - 16h
Usual Colors: Brown, Dun
Temperament: Courageous
Body Type: Light, efficient; almost scrawny-looking, but adapted to the wild.
Uses: All light work, esp. exploration of the Southern Continent.

Ruatha Hold

Ruatha Hold has long sought to produce the ultimate racer. This project was nearly completed by the Lord Alessan during the 6th Pass, but when the Plague swept through the holds it destroyed many of these runners. Since that time, Ruatha has been trying to restore many of its breeds, including the one developed by Alessan.

Ruathan Sprinter
Relations: Standardbreed, HillRunner, Igenbred
Usual Height: 14 - 17h; avg. 15.2h
Usual Colors: Chestnut to Black; occasional Bay or Grey.
Temperament: Moderate
Body Type: Slender, though with powerful hindquarters.
Uses: Racing distances of about 2 furlongs, or a quarter-mile.

Fort Hold

Fort Hold has a long history of breeding draft runners for heavy work, though its most popular breed has only been bred in modern times.

Fort Draft
Relations: Shire, Southern Draft.
Usual Height: 17 - 19h
Usual Colors: Roans
Temperament: Willing, intelligent; quiet.
Body Type: Medium draft - large boned, medium musculature.
Uses: Draft work. Popular along the western areas of the Northern Continent because of the breed's intelligence.

Keroon Hold

Keroon Hold has long been a major location for the Beastcraft. Many popular breeds were either developed here or have been bred from those who were developed here.

Keroon Barb
Relations: Igenbred, Plains Walker
Usual Height: 15 - 17h
Usual Colors: Palomino, Chestnut, Roan, Grey.
Temperament: High-spirited.
Body Type: Compact, light. Delicate legs and head, broad chest.
Uses: Endurance - popular among Hold Guards because they are flexible and well-balanced as a general rule. Flashy appearance makes them popular among the Lords. The occasional runner has the speed for sprinting races.

Keroon Sprinter
Relations: Keroon Barb, Telgar-bred Hill Runner
Usual Height: 14.2 - 16.2h
Usual Colors: Palomino, Dun
Temperament: Intelligent, spirited.
Body Type: Small, light and agile.
Uses: Racing, short to medium distances
Little endurance, despite the lineage.

*Keroon Traderunner
Relations: Hill Runner, Southern Draft, Igenbred
Ancient Relations: Canadian Horse
Usual Height: 14.3 - 15.3hh
Usual Colors: Predominantly bay, occasionally blacks and chestnuts. Some grays.
Temperament: Intelligent but occasionally intractable.
Body Type: Solid and compact, with some dense muscle.
Uses: Endurance, stock work, light draft.
Notes: Breeding Project of Rilna

Telgar Hold

Telgar, situated on the central plains of the Northern Continent, has traditionally had need for runners with great endurance, as the distances are great between holds on the plains.

Telgar Desertbred
Relations: Igenbred, Appaloosa
Usual Height: 15 - 17h
Usual Colors: Piebald/Skewbald, Appaloosa, Roan
Temperament: High-spirited, intelligent.
Body Type: Compact, muscular - broad chest and strong legs
Uses: Hold Guard, primarily. Capable of carrying loads quickly over long distances. Graceful and powerful.

Appaloosa
Ancient Relation: Appaloosa
Usual Height: 14 - 17h
Usual Colors: Appaloosa
Temperament: Moderate Intelligence. Willing and calm.
Body Type: Compact, dense.
Uses: Equivalent to Working runner, but flashy coloring makes it popular among wealthier holders.

*Telgar Draft
Ancient Relation: Suffolk Punch
Usual Height: 16 - 16.3h
Color: Chestnut
Temperament: Willing Worker
Body Type: Short Legged, barrel-bodied
Use: Heavy Draft

Katz Field

Katz Desertbred
Relations: Katz-bred Standardbred, Igenbred
Usual Height: 16 - 18h
Usual Colors: Dun - Chestnut, Bay
Temperament: Flighty
Body Type: Graceful, long boned with slender musculature
Uses: Racing medium to long distances.

Igen Hold

Igenbred
Ancient Relations: Arab
Usual Height: 14 - 16h
Usual Colors: Grey - Dun, though could be any solid color.
Temperament: Intelligent
Body Type: small, compact
Uses: Endurance riding and racing - swift over long distances. Easy keeper, popular breeding stock for other racing breeds.

Ista Hold

Sands Barb
Relations: Igenbred, Keroon Barb
Usual Height: 14 - 16h
Usual Colors: Bay
Temperament: High-spirited
Body Type: Compact, medium boned and muscled.
Uses: Hold Guard and other activities requiring a high degree of balance and training. Regarded as the best dressage breed.

*Istan Toasted Chestnut
Origin: Ista
Relations: Igen Saddlebred, Standardbred, Igenbred
Ancient Relations: Lipizzaner
Usual Height: 16 to 17 hh
Usual Colors: Chestnuts with flecked in black or smoky grey with black mane and tails
Temperament: Med. to Highly Strung
Body Type: thickset, powerful quarters, and short strong legs.
Uses: Flawed Runners make good and showy riding mounts. They are sought after by Lord and Lady Holders as well as Master for Riding mounts. They can even be used as Showrunners and Eventing runners. They also make good racers.
Purebreds: These are reserved for the craft for training in the Showcase program.
Notes: Breeding Project of Damista

*Istan Elite
Origin: Ista
Relations: Igenbred, Keroon Barb
Ancient Relations: Andalusion
Usual Height: 15-16 hh
Usual Colors: Any
Temperament: Even-tempered and spirited
Body Type: Powerful legs, big joints, mid-section conformationally strong.
Uses: Eventing
Notes: Breeding Project of Damria

*Istan Waterbred
Origin: Ista
Ancient Relations: Andalusian, Criollo
Usual Height: 13.3-16.1
Usual Colors: roan, black, selective grey, bay, dun
Temperament: Laid back/relaxed
Body Type: Very compact, muscular; yet agile
Uses: Herding livestock, general working runners, also a favorite among those teaching beginners for their extremely docile mannerisms
Notes: Breeding Project of Synte

*Istan Cremello Warmblood
Ancient Relations: Hanoverian
Usual Height: 15.3-17, sometimes larger
Usual Colors: Cremello
Temperament: Equable, willing and reliable.
Body type: Relatively light in build, superbly muscled hindquarters
Uses: Showjumping and dressage
Notes: Breeding Project of Xadrienne

*Istan Friesian
Ancient Relations: Friesian
Uusal Height: 15 hh or more Usual Color: Black
Temperament: Easy temperament. Quiet, willing, sensitive, hard working
Body Type: Strong, compact body, short legs, feathering.
Uses: Driving
Notes: Breeding Project of Filli

Gar Hold

*Gar Sheenbred
Origin: Gar Hold
Relations: Waterbred, Igenbred, Katz Desertbred
Ancient Relation: Akhal Teke, Shagya Arab
Usual Height: 14.2-17hh
Usual Colors: Chestnut, grey, black, bay, buckskin and the very occaisional roan- typified by a genetic hollow hair that is naturally very 'shiny'.
Temperament: High spirited, typically somewhat flighty, but very trainable—a 'one person' type horse.
Body Type: Long, lean, built for endurance.
Uses: Long distance — messenger runners.
Notes: Breeding Project of Lynar, Gar Stablemaster

Southern Boll Hold

Boll Racer
Relations: Standardbreed
Usual Height: 15 - 17h
Usual Colors: Chestnut
Temperament: Flighty
Body Type: Lighter than Standardbreed, gives the impression of a long back and legs. Uses: Racing short to medium distance - great speed, moderate endurance.

High Reaches

Mountainbred Mineholder
Relations: Mineholder, Miniature, Crom Mountain Runner
Usual Height: 8.2 - 10.2h
Usual Colors: Dun
Temperament: Stolid
Body Type: Stocky
Uses: Carrying and carting in a cold, mountainous environment. Able to withstand harsh weather, surefooted and balanced. Grows extremely thick coat in winter, hair is sometimes used for felts.

High Reaches Working Runner
Relations: Working Runner
Usual Height: 13 - 15h
Usual Colors: Brown
Temperament: Stolid
Body Type: Sturdy, dense. Large-boned.
Uses: Same as working runner, in a colder climate.

Balen Shire
Relations: Shire
Usual Height: 15 - 18h
Usual Colors: Brown, Dun
Temperament: Docile
Body Type: Dense, large boned and muscled.
Uses: All farm work, colder climates - grows long winter coat, also used in felting.

*Tundra Walker
Origin: Herder Hall, High Reaches
Relations: Plains Walker
Ancient Relations: Tennessee Walking horse
Usual Height: 16 to 17 hh
Usual Colors: Silver dapple, sooty, and metallic sheen (primary). Cream Champagne, flaxen points, manchado overo (discovered in breeding), black markings, feathered feet, and frosty roaning (secondary). Appaloosa coloring and true roaning (rarely).
Temperament: Even-tempered.
Body Type: Slender legs, round barrel with broad chest and hindquarters.
Uses: Extremely comfortable, unique gait and comfortable back makes this breed ideal for surveying large holdings. Two branches of this breed are: 1) the surveying runner, bred for endurance and strength with the usual breed colors, and 2) the performance runner, specifically to show off the unusual, (natural) big-tick gait, is bred for dexterity and performance.
Notes: Breeding Project of Mireille (under direction of Beka)
Additional Notes: The Manchado Overo was discovered early in the breeding process and is unique to Mireille's Plains Walkers, a characteristic that sets hers apart from traditional Plains Walkers and truly makes them High Reaches Plains Walkers.

Crom Hold

Greenfields Walker
Relations: Plains Walker, Crom-bred Hill Runner
Usual Height: 13 - 15h
Usual Colors: Dun, Grey, Roan, Palomino
Temperament: Intelligent, Calm, brave
Body Type: Smaller than Plains Walker but with similar physical characteristics. Sturdier legs.
Uses: Same as Plains Walker, also long distance travel - good endurance and strength for size.

*Crom Mountain Runner
Ancient Relations: Rocky Mountain Horse
Usual Height: 14.2 - 16hh
Usual Colors: Silver Dapple preferred but can be any solid.
Temperament: quiet, gentle
Body Type: medium sized, natural four beat gate
Uses: Trail and Pleasure. stock and field work

+++ Benden Hold

Eastern Drafter
Relations: Greystones Shire, Highland Draft
Usual Height: 16 - 18h
Usual Colors: Dark Brown, Black, Dark Grey
Temperament: Willing, low intelligence.
Body Type: Compact, Dense, gives impression of mass.
Uses: All farm work, especially pulling.

Greystones Shire
Relations: Shire
Usual Height: 17 - 19h
Usual Colors: Grey
Temperament: low intelligence, good worker.
Body Type: Massive
Uses: All farm work.

*Benden Mountain Pony
Ancient Relations: Welsh Mountain Pony
Relations: Standardbreed, Igenbred, Keroon Barb
Usual Height: Around 12h
Usual Colors: All Solid
Temperament: Kind, courageous
Body Type: Notably compact, great depth through girth.
Uses: Saddle, Harness

"Benden Cob
Ancient Relations: Normon Cob

Tillek Hold

*Tillek Curly:
Origin: Tillek.
Ancient Relations: American Bashkir Curly.
Usual Height: 13.3-14.3 hh.
Usual Colors: Chestnut, Bay, Black, Brown, Gray.
Temperament: Very calm, people-oriented.
Body Type: Shortish legs, thick bones, large heads, and, of course, curly hair.
Uses: Travel, childrens' mounts, pulling carts/sleds, esp. in colder climates.
Notes: Breeding Project of Sariani

*Sattle Draft
Origin: Sattle
Ancient Relations: Noriker
Usual Height: 16 - 17h
Usual Colors: Bay, Black, Chestnut
Temperament: Easily managed
Body Type: Compact body, exceptional depth in the girth. Nostrils noticeably wide, and short legs.
Uses: Light Draft

Southern Hold
*Southern Marshbred
Ancient Relations: Andalusian
Relations: Keroon Barb
Usual Height: 15.2 - 16.5
Usual Colors: White, Gray, Black, Bay
Temperament: Extremely intelligent, willing to learn, and great temperament
Body Type: Slightly convex head, mane and tail luxuriant, often wavy. Broad and strong quarters, and large chest.
Uses: Saddle

*Southern Warlander
Ancient Relations: Andalusian, Friesian
Relations: Istan Friesian cross with Southern Marshbred (no more than 75% and no less than 25% of either)
Usual Height: 15.0 - 16.2
Usual Colors: Any
Temperament: The temperament is docile and willing with a natural intelligence.
Body Type: No larger than 16.2 hands tall. Slightly convex head, mane and tail luxuriant, often wavy. The neck is well-muscled and high arched, springing from the shoulder, and narrowing toward the head with a fine clean throatlatch. The overall look should be a smooth line that flows gracefully. The shoulder is well sloping, long, and muscular with a 50 degree angle.
Uses: Saddle
*breeding project of Mireille
Note: Southern Warlander can be bred to either Istan Friesian or Southern Marshbred and maintain breed standards.

Herder Hall

*Southern Stripe
Relations: Mustang, Igen, Working
Usual Height: 14.5 to 16.5 hh
Colors: Any color with brindling except for appaloosa.
Temperament: Intelligent, hard working.
Uses: Stock work, Messenger work and other general purpose work that calls for endurance and intelligence..
Body Type: Compact, light framed
Notes: For now, outcrossing to Igen and Working allowed to help improve the breed, any others will not result in a purebred Southern Stripe. Breeding Project of Dalaynia

*Southern Sprinter
Relations: Mustang, Igen, Working
Usual Height: 14.5 to 16.5 hh
Colors: Any
Temperament: Intelligent, hard working.
Uses: Stock work, Messenger work and other general purpose work that calls for endurance and intelligence.
Body Type: Compact, light framed
Notes: Offshoot of the Southern Stripe, without the brindling.

*Champagne Racer:
Relations: Igenbred, Standardbreed
Ancient Relations: Shagya Arab
Usual Height: 14.3 - 16.1 or larger
Usual Colors: Exclusively champagne
Temperament: Gentle yet spirited.
Body Type: Igenbred look with a noticeably larger frame, muscular and heavier boned
Uses: Racing - long distances, Endurance
Notes: Breeding Project of Arianya and Rebecca

*Sport Racer
Relations: Champagne Racer:
Ancient Relations: Shagya Arab
Usual Height: 14.3 - 15.3
Usual Colors: Any
Temperament: Gentle yet spirited.
Body Type: Igenbred look with a noticeably larger frame, muscular and heavier boned.
Uses: Racing - long distances, Endurance
Notes: Bred from non champagne colored Champagne Racers.

*Painted Vanner
Ancient Relations: Gypsy Vanner
Relations: Working, Igenbred, Istan Frisian, Shire, Bender Mountain Pony
Usual Height: 13 - 15hh
Usual Colors: Tobiano markings. Mostly Silver Dapple, but black, bay and chestnut permitted as well.
Temperament: Gentle, Calm, Docile, Friendly
Body Type: Muscular and compact, with a very large barrel
Uses: Caravan work
Notes: Breeding Project of Dalaynia

*Miniature Runner:
Origin: Keroon Herdercraft
Relations: Mineholder, Appaloosa, Igenbred, Benden Mountain Pony
Ancient Relation: Falabellas, miniatures
Usual Height: No taller than 9.5hh
Usual Colors: Can be any colour, appaloosa is common
Temperament: Can be a bit nippy, but generally friendly, eager to please, hard-working
Body Type: Horse-like proportions rather than pony-type. Refined facial features and bone structure
Uses: Carting in mine conditions and pleasure carting
Notes: Breeding Project of Chanthea

Mountainbred
Relations: Mountainbred Mineholder (distant: Mineholder, Champagne Racer, Standardbreed, Telgar Desertbred)
Usual Height: 12 - 14h
Usual Colors: Dun, perlino, palomino, grullo, appaloosa are prominent, any colour is permissible
Temperament: Even-tempered, hard-working, eager to please
Body Type: Solid, sturdy, enduring
Uses: General all-rounder, specifically for mountainous conditions such as those in High Reaches. Good for riding, carting, pulling. Withstands harsh conditions, hardy, easy to care for.
Notes: Breeding Project of Chanthea

*Black Ice Racer:
Relations: Istan Friesian, Istan Cremello Warmblood, Igenbred, Sands Barb, Keroon Barb
Ancient Relations: Friesian, Arabian, Hanoverian
Usual Height: TBD
Usual Colors: Exclusively Black
Temperament: TBD
Body Type: Igenbred with Friesian feathering, mane & tail. Powerfully muscled, agile & quick for cold-weather racing, with the Igenbred's endurance.
Uses: Racing - short & long distances (exclusively in cold weather climes), Endurance
Notes: Breeding (& Training) Project of Shai (assisted by Master Beka)

*Pale Ice Racer:
Relations: Black Ice Racer
Usual Height: TBD
Usual Colors: Exclusively Perlino, Cremello, Smoky Cream, Cream Champagne (double dilute)
Temperament: TBD
Body Type: Igenbred with Friesian feathering, mane & tail. Powerfully muscled, agile & quick for cold-weather racing, with the Igenbred's endurance.
Uses: Racing - short & long distances (exclusively in cold weather climes), Endurance
Notes: Breeding (& Training) Project of Shai (assisted by Master Beka)

*Ice Racer:
Relations: Black Ice Racer, Pale Ice Racer
Usual Height: TBD
Usual Colors: Any
Temperament: TBD
Body Type: Igenbred with Friesian feathering, mane & tail. Powerfully muscled, agile & quick for cold-weather racing, with the Igenbred's endurance.
Uses: Racing - short & long distances (exclusively in cold weather climes), Endurance
Notes: Breeding (& Training) Project of Shai (assisted by Master Beka)

To be added when more information is provided:

*High Reaches Farm Pony
Relations:
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Notes: Breeding Project of Chanthea

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