Did I miss the part of the thread where you told us what breed your mare is? And what the purpose was for the foal?? It kinda' makes a difference in my opinion. If you're breeding for movement, color, jumping ability, height, or temperament... then all of my choices would differ. However, I will say one thing... In regards to the Color Guard stud. We have 2 mares out of the Escudo line, both of which are huge jumpers. Unfortunately they are the most unpleasant mares i've ever known. They are consistently confused with being studs, as they will lop your head off if given the chance! Haha! Eeek!
And oh yikes... that is REALLY good to know! Honestly, I really do love the looks of Color Guard as well as everything I've read about him, but I think he's off the list for several different reasons. If I had a lighter mare without River's short neck I'd consider it, but temperament aside I don't think he suits her build as much as some of the other studs.
Wouldn't it be cool if you could put a picture of your mare in and submit a picture of the stallion and see what your foal would truly look like? Kind of like when you put your picture in and try different hair do's out on the computer. Ha ha Sure would save a lot of grief.
I guess in the end I'm HOPING to improve on several thing conformational aspects with River... but even if the foal comes out a short, stocky, bay coloured carbon copy of her, I'd be completely happy. That doesn't mean I can't try though!