My family has the privilege of jointly owning a talented and superbly bred Welsh Cob who also has a wonderful disposition. I am considering breeding her for the purposes of attaining a personal horse for me to ride recreational dressage and possibly trails with.
I've been going back and forth about a stud however. She's 13.2 hh and I would like to breed for a bit more size. The trouble is, it is very challenging to find a quality Welsh Cob stud that is (most preferably) at least 15 hh.
So I have been considering crossing her with an Andalusian stallion. My trainer owns him and would likely give me a good rate for his stud fee. I have also had the opportunity to be around him a fair bit, and I feel that he and my Welsh Cob mare would compliment one another beautifully. Both of them have wonderfully sturdy legs and hooves (which I'm a sucker for) and good conformation. Their temperaments are also very complementary and ideal for what I want.
I guess I'm just not sure of what I should do. Does a Welsh Cob / Andalusian sound like a nice horse to you? Should I be trying to maintain the "pure" blood lines if the resulting foal is meant to be my personal mount?
If you'd like to see pictures of the mare in question (she's the one currently in my avatar) you can click the link below.
Panache the red roan w/ flaxen m Welsh Cob (Section C)