Originally Posted by Remali
I love the second stallion, the cremello (altho he looks like a pale champagne to me and not a true cremello). I guess breeding a 3 year old isn't all that bad, but I would maybe wait till she was 4 years old.
Well, you do not need a show record to breed a good horse....there are a lot of excellent broodmares out there that never set foot in a show ring..... for example, a lot of those Gamaar daughters (Arabian broodmares) never were shown and produced outstanding show horses. Disposition and conformation are more inportant than a show record.
The cremello is a nice color, but is very weak in muscle tone and his conformation just looks "off." I'd want to see more photos him before deciding.
Shows are the perfect way for a novice horse owner to get an "expert" opinion about their horse. If judged well in halter or model classes and then also judged well in performance classes, then you have a good idea that your horse is "worthy" of breeding (that said, the same horse wouldn't likely win modern stock horse halter classes AND performance classes, but that's another discussion entirely, lol).
The Gamaar Arabian producers are already "experts" in their own rights, and certainly know a good horse when the see one. The same cannot be said for most
American horse owners and breeders. We only see one or two positive characteristics that we "like," beefy muscles, small feet, little head, flashy front leg movement, pencil neck, or whatever it is that we're obsessed with. Very few people actually look at the WHOLE horse: all conformational points, movement, temperament, and pedigree. If more people would, we'd see far fewer "unwanted" horses and culls...