Given the current horse market and the fact that you can pick up a perfectly well bred and well broke horse for next to nothing, I question anybody's reasoning for breeding. So what do you think a stallion or mare need to acheive before being bred? Here's my thoughts:
*Excellent, show stopping conformation is needed, for whatever discipline I am breeding for.
*Needs to be proven sound in body and mind.
*Needs to be proven in my discipline of choice(ex: in barrels I would like a horse to have at least made it to Regionals and done well)
*Absolutely must have proven offspring, as well.
*Must have proven bloodlines, up close. Thinking a horse is awesome because it goes all the way back to Skipper W or some other 70's, 80's, or even 90's stud means almost nothing to me.
So what are yours?