i agree and dis-agree on alot of this, I do think you should look for "quality" but I know some horses that were amazing at what they do but have never stepped in the show ring and then I have seen some that seemed great in the ring but were worthless anywhere else,... as for color, pick quality first then look for color... best to stick with same breed, to many mixed horses all ready... and I understand price but keep in mind there are vet fees and not to mention the down time of the mare....oh and just because its stocky doesn't mean its easy to keep, could mean you just have to feed it that much more..
Now I have to say I am breeding my mare for some of the same reasons you are but.... I have a non color paint with nice bloodlines and I want a colored baby so I found a quality paint stud at a good price, I know my mare will have some down time and that's fine with us, we don't do the showing but love trails and stuff I also know I could go and buy a baby already born and get exactly what I want at a lower price but I love just about everything from our mare and want to carry on my best friends bloodline...
That explains everything I was going to type. I apologize for not clearing up some things and leaving out details, I was in a rush and didn't look it over. My bad.
She is NOT a champion horse in the ring, but that doesn't make her useless or not worthy of continuing her lines. She is a trail horse, and we're are woking on training her in barrel racing and eventing. She doesn't have to prove herself for us in the arena because we don't plan on doing anything like a pleasure or horsemanship classes. Well, there is the dressage in eventing, but we already know that is not her strong point. And the foal is too carry her bloodlines because she has been one of our best horses in years, maybe the best. She is loyal, hard working, dependable (especially since she has a "built in GPS" as we call her navigation skills,) a people-pleaser, easy going, and I could keep going but won't.
And we would prefer a stock type horse because she is a hard keeper at times, not ALL the time and we don't want her foal to be teeny weeny since it is a purebred TB (I know, I know, stereotypical. It is just that every TB we have had and/or seen was teeny weeny.) We don't mind having a "mut" or even a TB crossbreed that has registeries. Why? You may ask. Because the foal isn't going to be a topline show horse, and we don't show our horses in the arena in a serious manner.
And yes, we would prefer an accomplished stud, but it doesn't have to an arena stud, if you know what I mean. Also, we are looking for a cheaper stud than 1000$, not 500$ (my bad misinterpretation) because we know how much the vet bills and all of that will cost.
Lastly, Chicky is just past the prime to breed (or so we have been told.) And we don't want to breed her when she's older, so we have a better chance of keeping her healthy. I know that majority of you said just buy a bay foal. But we simply
can't. Why? Because if we loose Chicky, that's the end, and we won't have a foal from her that my dad has to fall back on. We are NOT breeding her because we "want a cute bay foal."
I think I covered it all, I'll post again if I remember anything I wanted to say that I forgot too. Wow, that was a lot longer than I wanted it too be.