As to the op's question. When looking at a stallion prospect, I want good bloodlines for the discipline I am breeding for, correct conformation, once again, for that discipline. I also want excellent temperament. That said, I wouldn't want a dead head cutting prospect, I just want one that has a head on his neck that can listen and be a respectful horse.
Also, and this is the most important part, I want them to handle training well. Not halter/in hand training. Under saddle. I have handled a few stallions that were great on the ground. Start expecting some work out of them, and they became snotty and resentful. Some work out of that because they were just ticked that their life of leisure was over, some are genuine buggers to work with. That passes on, believe me.
I wouldn't want a couple foals on the ground, only to find out that their sire is fabulous to handle on the ground but a pain in the hiney under saddle. If all a person has is halter horses, then whatever, but if they aren't halter horses, they are saddle horses and what good is a hard to train saddle horse who doesn't enjoy his job?
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