Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
What is your mare's breeding??
The size of the stallion has little bearing on the size of the foal in the womb, it will only grow as big as the mare lets it (is what I have heard at least).
Which stallion to breed to depends on the lineage of your mare. You might want to look into Dancier as another Donnerhall stud with good offspring and I would highly recommend a Florestan stallion, Freestyle is a very good choice (assuming you are in NA).
I would recommend also breeding more towards a very ridable horse than something with fancy movement. Freestyle's offspring are proving to be very amateur friendly, but still with movement and power to win in the ring.
I agree with temperament. I want amateur friendly before movement. My mare is Wordly/Graf Remus. She gets the smaller stature from Weltmeyer. I have always heard great things about the D line temperament. I would like to have a little more bone as well and I know some have that. I had always heard that the the stallion size will not affect foal size either, but for some reason, maybe given her age, my vet seemed a little concerned. Don Schufro is over 17 hh and very substantial. Since she is maiden he didn't think her first foal should come from such a large stallion. Either way, he knows better than I do so I need to listen. But it does limit my choices. Sigh..I was also looking at Devon Aire or Donnarweiss too. They are smaller and have the bloodlines that I like. But I will look into Freestyle for sure, thanks!