What about a quarter horse cross to your arab mare?
I'm not a huge QH fan(Dodges rotten fruit). I had some terrible experiences with bad ones when I was younger. If I knew a really nice stallion with a reasonable stud fee I might concider it, But I think I would rather stick to thoroughbreds or arabs.
And an injury is a soundness issue. After just 8 starts to have an injury like that?
Injured race horses don't have to be prone to injury or poorly conformed. They are started too young and run too hard, with periods of complete inactivity in between and high "octane" feed. My BO has a mare that broke her leg at 2. She was saved by her owner and went on to become my Bo's winning endurance horse. Yet if we had judged soundness based on a track injury she never would have got that chance.
I just don't necessarily see this as a carefully planned breeding.
10 years of thought have gone into this. In that time frame this is the first time I have seriously concidered it. I would classify that as planning.
It seems more like the stallion is available and you are hoping someone will agree that he will produce what you want with one of your mares.
this is the 4th stallion that has been 'available', and the only one I have seriously concidered.
I'd look at arabian stallions! Hardy, surefooted, smart, and typically very, very durable.
this may sound strange, as my mare is arab, but I am very leary of breeding a pure arab. My last two arabs before pretzl were aweful, spooky divas that would kill me in the mountains. One of them spooked climbing a near vertical trail(that they had climbed before) because there was a rock on the trail. We slid back and almost flipped. Pretzl is nothing like that, and I love the forwardness of both her and the OTTB's the BO (and I) ride. I though an anglo would give me more toughness from the arab, height from the thoroughbred, and a athletic forward mount.