How do you decide if a colt is a stallion prospect? Update post 143
Just pondering really. How do you decide whether a colt has what it takes to be a stallion or not?
The pondering has been triggered by my mare producing another colt instead of the filly I'd ordered. I'd love to carry her line on but she is only giving me colts.
Sire is Silvermoon who has a very good production record with Blue Hors Matine, Succes and Night Moon all being GP dressage horses and also Shiva, an Advanced eventer. He also has a popular stallion son in Cadeau.
My mare bloodhounded for several years clearing 1m70+ on many occasions. She also did a little showjumping (2 outings to be exact!) going double clear round 1m20 with scope for much more. She competed in dressage up to PSG and was schooling most of GP.
Her dam's full sister was Bright and Fair who was National Champion Broodmare at Wembley (the top show in the UK).
Her damsire Top Star sired several good eventers who competed up to international level and also the international showjumper Brookstreet Olympic Video.
My mare proved to be tough and trainable and stayed sound from age 3 to age 16 when she was retired to be a broodmare. Her first Silvermoon foal has sold to an advanced eventing home and is still entire at present. As long as he behaves and his owners think he is worthy to be an entire he will stay that way but of course I have no idea if he will end up as a stallion that I can use in the future or not.
This year's colt is taller than last years and more confident. I think he will end up around 16.3-17hh. He will be grey.
This is what he looked like at 3 days old. He is eligible for grading with the SHB(GB) or the AES.
What do you think? Stupid idea? Or keep him a colt and see how he goes? And can you explain your replies please as this is an area I know nothing about and would love to learn. :)