Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Conformation should ALWAYS come before anything else. The only stallions that should be allowed to keep their plums are the ones that have above average conformation, they should excel at what they perform in (dressage, cutting, eventing, etc.), they should have good bloodlines and a wonderful disposition.
Theres nothing bad about wanting colour in the/your stallion, just as long as you understand that colour comes (or should come) last.
Everyone has their opinion on what should and what shouldn't be bred- me personally, I'm an Arabian person, so many of the stockier Quarter horses aren't appealing to me breeding-wise, while some people are exact opposite, etc.
With me, a exceptional (there should be no "good" in stallions) stallion should have the following (in order)-
Above average athletic ability to excel and win at what he is bred for (ie: better than average showing career).
Willing, gentle disposition and sound mind.
Good bloodlines that are known for throwing above average horses.