We are planning on breeding our mare next year and I was trying to get a feel for what everyone's opinions on the potential marketability for the foal would be. Please do not respond to tell me to go out and buy a horse. We can afford to support the baby and the mare and are very fixed and secure in my families current income.
The mare JC registered, though she is unraced. She'd been shown 2'6" with her previous owner at all kinds of rated shows and when we bought her we showed her locally at 3' and 2'9" where she did very well, but she didn't seem to enjoy at all. Her favorite things to do are teach a beginner how to ride and trail riding. She is a big bodied liver chestnut, with nice conformation and very correct movement. Her build is closer to an appendix QH than a TB and her temperament is perfect, apart from a little girthyness. I would say her worst physical feature would be her shoulders, which are slightly upright, which would hopefully be bred out of her, with the right stallion.
A concern for me would be her size, at 15.2 1/2 hh she isn't an ideal height. We would either want to breed her height up a little or breed down to a large pony. Thought trying to breed down in height would be risky, since I know that by being a small large pony is could decrease the foals value by a lot.
That being said, we are looking into the possibility of breeding her to either a thinner bodied warmblood, another hunter-type TB, or a smaller medium/large small sized welsh pony. Since she is a TB, all of those options would allow the baby to be registered either as, respectively, a warmblood, a TB, or a half welsh. We are looking to breed a show hunter prospect and as a small adult, I would be able to ride both a pony or a horse comfortably.
Of course we have a lot more stallion research to do before we pick the right one, but in your opinion which one of the following crosses would likely be the most marketable?
Warmblood, welsh pony, or TB?