I am thinking of breeding my mare, and I am looking to make a great dressage horse (hoping, of course, that I might ride to the Grand Prix level).
I am wondering what breed might cross the best with my mare. She is half Thoroughbred, and it definitely shows - there is little Hanoverian from her sire in her. She has a long, gorgeous stride, and floats in her extension. The only fault I might find in movement is that she has a difficult time collecting (the Thoroughbred come into play), thus making it more difficult for her to go past the 1st or 2nd levels (although I'm currently doing Training Level with her).
So I was thinking that perhaps breeding her to a very collected breed, like a Saddlebred. My concern there, though, would be that the foal would have a more difficult time cantering, as some high-trotting horses do...
What do you think? I've attached photos of my mare (the one being ridden. It is an older picture, and not me riding), and an American Saddlebred/Arabian stallion who I find quite beautiful (although is he right?).
Can't wait to hear what you have to say.
PS: My mare is in her prime for breeding; she was bred in 2007, so it wouldn't be her first time, and she is still only 11 (turning 12 in July).