I think a stallion must have a great conformation, good mind, versatility and the ability to pass these things on to his offspring.
The only way to prove a stallion for breeding is to breed him.
Look at his offspring, siblings, and sire and dam. That should give you a good idea of what he can do in the breeding shed.
I look at his performance record last especially if it is in the show ring.
Too often, politics and fads determine the winners not ability. Shalom
Exactly. I don't get why some people don't get this.
I have seen people invest in a very nice stallion prospect, spend tons on shows, marketing, campaigning, which take a few years, then another few years of training under saddle, and then shows, where- by this time- if it's done right- the stallion is 5-7 years old, a small fortune has been invested in him- another year to see babies hit the ground, and then- he produces crap
. Not a keeper in the bunch. All that time, money, effort, not to mention presupposing a future business reputation that by now, people have been watching- for nothing and now you have babies you can't give
away. I have seen this. It does no one a bit of good, least of all the horse.
Personally, I'm going to have proof positive before my hard earned money goes anywhere. Not to mention the politics that IS a major factor in the ring. I've talked with some of the TOP Arabian trainers and what the "winners" do to win would make you sick. None of "us" are likely to win "First" in the big leagues unless we sacrifice our horse and have our faces firmly ensconced in the right peoples' arse to neck level. No ribbon is worth it to me. There may be a few exceptions, but it's not the norm.
In any case, Dream has proven what he can do, and all the shows in the world mean nothing next to the exquisite filly he gave me. SHE will be his best advertisement, and there'll be more of equal, or better caliber in the future.