Even though he is still so young he is a very handome boy. The overo is also my favorite of the Paint/Pinto coat patterns. He is what they call downhill as for the higher rump than the withers. In the QH and QH/Paints they both are more downhill than say the TB, who are uphill in that they are taller at the withers than the rump. I am glad you had him tested for HYPP and HERDA. He has the QH Impressive on his top side who was found to be the one to pass HYPP in his bloodlines. He goes back to Poco Bueno also on the topside. He is the sire who was the first found to pass HERDA to his offspring. As for keeping him intact, not gelding him, his potential as a breeding stallion really couldn't be determined until he has his full growth. Going by bloodlines alone is not a practical answer to the question of using him for breeding. By the way, he does have a lot of good horses in his pedigree.
Thanks for the info :)
And yes I am aware that Impressive is in his Pedigree and Poco Bueno and that HYPP and HERDA traces to each. He actually goes back to Poco Bueno on both top and bottom of his pedigree as well as Leo. So I most definitely got him tested. I wouldn't even consider leaving him as a stallion without getting him tested. He is negative for both.
As for him being bum high I am hoping he levels out...but not to soon! I want him to grow as much as possible!!!
I am also not going for breeding just for bloodlines. I just want to be sure I wouldn't be breeding a unhealthy, unsound horse. A few minor faults I can deal with as long as they are not serious. He has a few years to grow and fill out before I even consider breeding him as I plan on training him and have him going nicely under saddle before he is ever bred. If he is ever bred.
Maybe I will revisit this topic once he has had time to grow out of his awkward stage and has filled out. That way more things are set in stone before deciding on his future as a breeding stallion.
I would like however to hear what disciplines
everyone thinks he may fair well in! I am hoping to train him for barrels despite his high set hocks, but would love to hear more what would be some good disciplines to try with him!
Thanks again everyone for all the info and critique so far!