Now, to start off, I am *not* breeding to this stallion. I'm looking to buy a 2012 foal from him. At the moment, I do not know which mares are bred to him. I do know I like how his foals look. They're bred for cutting/reining. What I'm looking for is a sturdy built foal, and I'd like to do a bit of reining, cutting, dressage, and of course hunters. Here in Virginia, we're mainly Hunter based. I figure all horses can be versatile with the right training. I work closely with my trainer, who breeds hunters. I know a very good dressage trainer I'd love to work with, and I figure I can find a place that teaches reining or cutting. I will not be doing this alone, and I have well over a year to prepare.
Here's the stallion:
Their website doesn't have the best pictures, but if you could browse an give opinions I'd be happy.
He's definitely a handsome man but be careful looking at a cutting/reining stallion for a h/j foal. A lot of the western horse are deliberately built downhill which is something you definitely don't want in a jumper.
In this case I will agree with Poco. Many reining horses are purposely built downhill in order to bring less limitation to their bodies for that specific event, but this factor can be a hinderance when transfering to a different style of riding. He's a lovely animal and his stoutness promises a strong horse, but if you want to pursue dressage at all, you're going to want a more refined animal. A horse like him can spin on a dime or slide to a stop, but quarterhorses sometimes tend to have problems when learning to ride on the verticle because of their musculature. Their bodies naturally muscle very well in the hind, but it takes a lot of work to build up their toplines. Ofcourse, this can be true with any animal, but I have specifically noticed it in the QHs. If you mostly want a hunter, I would advise in looking for a stud with not just strong but well sloped shoulders, a bit longer of a neck, and clean legs. This stud is definitely 'stout' but I can't really see his conformation. His foals all tend to take after him so I'm thinking what you see is what you get. You're most likely going to get a downhill foal.
Are specifically wanting a quarterhorse foal or are you open to other breeds?
In that case, you might want to try looking for some appendix foals if you're looking for versality. It really does depend on the foal though, and I advise in not just picking a stud and a mare and saying 'alright, I want their next foal.' Go meet a few weanling when the time comes and check their conformation, meet both parents, work with the foal for a little while, then decide. It takes a special horse to be able to compete well in so many different types of riding. You'll know when you find the right one =]