Originally Posted by greentree
Yes, a cull is a cull, no matter what the bloodlines.
Eh, yes and no. A cull stud with bloodlines like Hot Dam is still going to produce higher priced foals than the cull stud down the road who's only known name on his papers is 6 generations back. If he had never been started due to a conformational fault or possibly genetic health issue that prevented him from being ridden, that's one thing, but if he suffered an injury or something, that's a whole other ball game.
I know a family here that based their entire breeding program on what you might call a "cull" stud. VP (owner) bred, worked, and campaigned several generations of horses until he found just the right bloodlines to cross to get what he was wanting. He crossed those bloodlines and ended up with a perfect bay stud colt that he knew from day 1 was going to be the next breeding stallion. Unfortunately, when the horse was a yearling, he suffered an injury that prevented him from ever being shown (NCHA). That didn't change all the work that went into creating him and that didn't change the potential in his bloodlines.
He still produced multiple NCHA money earners and countless working ranch horses who, once they are trained, are very
sought after around here.
ETA: OP, would you mind sharing your mare's bloodlines and some decent pictures of her?