Our horses have always been what we call 'middle of the road' horses. Not TB in type but not real heavily muscled either. 'Halter type' QHs have no endurance and have no quickness or athletic ability. Our horses have always been very quick footed but not quite as quick as the tiny cutting horses. They have all been very cowey. Probably their biggest asset is that they are very good minded and very 'trainable'.
The man wanting to use our mares has owned several horses we have raised and really likes riding and training them. He has roped and done ranch work off of several we have raised. He has rodeo bulls and does rodeo stock contracting and wants bigger, thicker and slower horses in the arena for that purpose. His best pickup horses have all been draft crosses. He has had a difficult time finding what he wants so he thought he would raise his own.
So, it will be our mares and whatever big, heavy gray stallion he can find to cross on them. He is not real concerned about 'beauty'. [I am more than he is.] He wants horses that will hold up for a very tough job. It seems there are many more black Percherons than the gray ones we used to always see. If a black horse does not have a red gene, he should get a good number of grays and will not get any sorrels. He may have to get a black stud if he cannot find a gray one.