Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes
ETA - You say for what you're doing it doesn't matter if the stud is proven, but it really does. A good all-rounder is what you're looking for and that means that the stud should be well-broken, sound, and sane. You can't tell that in 10 rides.
I know what you're saying but I would much rather know how that studs offspring
are to determine whether he's actually going to pass on his temperment & abilities. Therefor I wouldn't necessarily breed to a novice stud but rather one that has atleast one crop on the ground.
The stallion I mentioned in the first post, Docs Golden Edition didn't have any sort of competition under his belt (though he was bred specifically to be shown he was only ever broke to ride & I honestly don't know how well as my aunt never put a saddle on him, they just used him to breed).
His foals, however were always very sharp looking (so long as the mother wasn't a total mutt
) and about every 4 out of 5 were quite trainable & easy to work with.
As I said, i'm not taking this business of choosing a stallion lightly.
I'm also not specific as to the breed (though i'm not looking for Warmblood types as i'm vertically challenged
& not fond of super tall horses).