09-21-2008, 12:48 AM
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These are in no order of importance:
1. Excellent conformation for the breed - can't have a QH looking like an arabian, and there should be no huge flaws. There should be a good shoulder, good neck, good straight legs, a back that is not too long nor too short, etc.
2. Good pedigree - while on a rare occassion you can get great offspring from a horse that has relatively unknown horses in the pedigree, this is rare. Now if a horse is exceptional in every other way, but has an unknown pedigree, then I would still consider it breeding quality.
3. Proven - showing or working horse - his only job should not be producing babies - my favorite stallions are the ones who are successful in multiple disciplines or can win ribbons at the show and then turn around and go out on the trail.
4. Good temperment - there is NO excuse for keeping a rank stallion. However, just because a stallion is good tempered that is no reason to keep him a stallion if he does not meet the other requirements. A good tempered stallion would make an excellent gelding in some cases. (I just point this out because I have seen this used as an excuse to keep them stallions even though they fall short on conformation)
5. Good health - The horse should be N/N. There is no reason to breed Hypp or Herda horses. If there is any genetic flaw that could potentially cause the offspring pain or lack of usability or death - the horse should not be used as a stud.
6. MAYBE color. This should come after everything else and should be the "icing on the cake" so to speak. This is the spotting on the paint horses or the cremello/dun/etc on the QH.