This is a semi-hypothetical thread because I go from seriously considering to seriously not considering to thoughtful, etc. So let's get some really honost and blunt opinions shall we?
Beauty is a 17 year old AQHA registered mare. She does have some pretty decent bloodlines, most of which are halter. She has been bred 5 times.
Riley, my gelding is her fifth baby. He is 16 hands and has been a nice all-around gelding for me. He fractured his pelvis as a baby and I've had to do a lot of maintenance to keep him sound. We are still doing some fairly costly things with him but he's a great minded, kind hearted, great moving horse so I'm doing what I can. I want to face the possibility, however that in a few years he may have to be used for trail and light riding. He may, howver, ride great for many years.
I've thought about buying a yearling or a two year old and having it trained. I've thought about buying a made horse or a young one ready to start in the show ring and I've thought about breeding.
Obviously I'm not ready to make any decisions as I've missed this breeding season anyway for the most part. I have considered a few studs, one that I really like is really small. Like maybe 15 hands and since she's only 14.3 that probably won't give me much size.
Now, there are things that I have not given much thought to yet that I would really have to put consider such as, do I want to deal with a baby? My property is not baby proof, what will have to be done to get it there? Do I really want to go through that trouble again...? Raising a baby was hard work!
Anyway... I took some fairly poor conformation shots tonight but I'll post them anyway for conversations sake.
The last two pix are of Riley.