What Makes a Good Stallion?

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What Makes a Good Stallion?

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    09-21-2008, 12:51 AM
What Makes a Good Stallion?

Maybe this is a broad question, but I don't know a lot about horse breeding, and I'm curious. What constitutes as a good stallion?
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    09-21-2008, 01:36 AM
These two are basically the same.


    09-21-2008, 01:48 AM
Green Broke
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.
    09-22-2008, 12:48 AM
I won't need add much more to this post that hasn't already been posted. One of the more important things I would look for is conformation more so than anything. I find the temper of the mare is far more important than the stallions as she is the one who spends the first few months with the little one and affect him/her long term.
Temper would be the secondary thing I would look for. Color I think would be a concern to the western folks who are affected by it in the show ring. The english riders usually try to stick to conservative colors.
    09-24-2008, 01:59 AM
The only thing I disagree with is the "proven" part. I know I am going to get a lot of flack for this, but this is how I feel. I am not a "show" person. I do not show my horses. I have neither the time nor the money to show. I do not feel that because of that, my horses are any less than show horses. I could care less about ribbons of any color. I want a horse who is all of the above things and has a great personality and who is "willing" to try. If I want to try to do some cutting, I expect the horse to try too. If I want to do barrels, I expect them to at least try. To me, that is "proven". That is what makes a great horse. I am not putting down show horses, they are trying to do what you want them to do. But I don't think that that is the only way to determine a horses "worth".
    09-24-2008, 11:43 AM
TXHorse Mom I totally agree with you. I don't think that you need a world champion horse just to be a stallion. There are alot of people that just want another member of their family not a show horse. Or what about a great ranch/rope horse? Last time I checked they didn't need to have a world champion daddy just to hold a cow, do they? And not to mention that if that were the case 90% of the people saying that you should only breed world champion stock wouldn't be able to afford a horse any longer.
    09-24-2008, 12:34 PM
You at the end of the day, what makes a good stallion is what You personally what you see. What makes a perfect stallion for one person is not going to make the perfect stallion for the next person. Sure there are general things you are looking for as per stated in the above posts but really it comes down to what it is specifically you are looking for to compliment that mare you are breeding.
    09-24-2008, 12:50 PM
Well said M2G!
    09-25-2008, 01:12 AM
Thank you all for your replies. They were helpful, although I think I would have to agree that a good stallion doesn't necessarily have to be a champion show horse. IMO. :P
    09-29-2008, 09:09 PM
Bloodlines.....not only the names on the paper but what those horses have done. Conformation, disposition, talant....I could go on all day.

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