A good friend of mine is looking to breed her paint mare next season for a spring/early summer baby. Now, I have personally worked, ridden, and looked at this mare and she is of breeding quality.
Exceptional temperament and excellent conformation. This woman takes extremely good care of her horses, she has a gelding with horrible feet (she bought him foundered) and this horse is in pristine condition. She has two younger horses currently, a yearling filly and a long yearling gelding. The colt is trained for show-both have proper ground manners and are not pushy or difficult babies. She does know how to handle and care for a horse.
So! With that out of the way, lets talk stallions!
Must be in Missouri and offer Live Cover.
MUST. Absolutely MUST have an EXCEPTIONAL temperament. Broke and shown is best.
MUST be Registered Paint.
MUST have an EXCEPTIONAL conformation. From head to toe, I want to see clean legs, a beautiful head, big hip, great shoulder, excellent neck-to-chest tie in. *No* downhill built studs with horrible legs and piggy eyes.
MUST be HYPP N/N. Especially if Halter bred.
Blue eyes. She does love blue eyes and would love to have another (her older gelding has one and her colt two) blue-eyed Paint.
Dilute thrower - She would love another black and white paint but she definitely has a soft spot for dilutes.
Lots of hair / throws lots of hair. Her mare, while beautiful, is not exceptional in the mane department
Really not a 'gotta have', but it's a plus.
HER MARE -
Bay Tobiano - Probably Homozygous, considering her cat-paw markings.
Big hip, great shoulder, very nice head. She does not have the very petite nose often seen on Halter bred studs. Her head is refined but not overly so. Exceptional temperament. Is currently training in Western Pleasure and trail rides a *lot*.
THE FOAL -
be shown Halter and Showmanship. Her son shows and is considering going into reining, she does have her other Paint colt who is a lovely reining prospect. So, a Reining bred colt is certainly not a must.
All of her horses are also trail horses so an overly hot or excitable bred colt would preferably be avoided.
Studs Considered -
Black and White Homozygous - Great temperament, very nice head and hip, but his neck/chest tie in was poorly.
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Dunalino (Dun + Cream) Frame Overo - Great temperament, beautiful conformation, blue eyes. Threw 100% dilutes in 2010.
Khaki Te - Buckskin Overo. Barlink Macho Man Grandson | Equine.com
Really liking Khaki Te so far, but would certainly be open to looking at others