The client is very much hung up on gray. He is wanting to use our ranch type AQHA mares that are gray and breed to a gray draft or half draft that does not have a red gene.
We have bred a lot of gray mares to a gray stud and did not see any difference in how fast they grayed out as long as they were foaled black or bay.
Our Driftwood bred stallion that we sold to the UK last year carried a gray gene and a dun gene. If his foals were born dun, buckskin or red, they grayed out very quickly, regardless of the color of the dam. If they were born bay, black or brown, they were dark dappled gray and held their color good. Our old stud, Classical Silver, did not have a red gene. He sired 80% grays and 20% bays and 100% grays from gray mares. All of his gray foals , even out of gray mares, were born black and dappled out and were dark until they were 8 or 10.
He is wanting to raise rodeo pick-up horses and big trail horses for heavy riders. I do not think he wants a TB cross. He is not looking for Dressage or Cross Country horses and sure does not want a 'hot' horse. He is not looking for a huge horse but one that is bigger, stronger and heavier than a stock-type QH and MUST be gray -- preferably without a red gene. A QH cross would be great.
Since these would be my mares, I have more than a little interest in finding him a good stallion that has good legs and feet, good bone and is not real jug headed. I know the foals will be coarse and probably pretty 'plain' by QH standards, but I hate to see him breed a bunch of really fugly ducklings.
I've never seen a Irish Draft except in pictures. I do not know if there are any here. I know he is not going to pay a huge price for one.
Are they still raising any PMU foals in Canada? Didn't some of the PMU breeders breed draft crosses? Anybode up there know anything about them?
Thank everyone. Cherie