Breeding to or using your own stallion?
What is your heart's desire? How good do you know the individual's qualities? How well do you know the dominant traits this stallion can reproduce? While no stallions is a panacea or even close. Knowing your mare and how dominant she is in her reproduction, certainly will help you chose the possible best cross for you. Also take into consideration, if you do not keep the resulting foal just how much demand is there for this offspring. Times are constantly changing, but at this time it appears more gelding are selling than stallions. So don't hesitate to geld, even though you may not even get the price of the stud fee or investment back. Like the department stores….cut the price till he sells. Mean while you will have a easier to handle young gelding. Of course then you can keep him whole if it is possible with your facilities & give the option of gelded or as a stallion. We have done this in the past as well as gelded.
One point that newcomers are influenced on is the big farm, that have big prices and very silky coats and clipped faces. They have paid help to feed, clean, train and keep them up like ready to show. But if you have gathered knowledge, you will be able to see the confirmation, the type and the training which you should consider. At your home, you may not have those helpers…except for you. Education is so important. I see so many farms that have gorgeous faces and then no bodies or athletic potential. Wjhat are your needs? Write them down and check them off when side by side with the stallion's & mare's merits.
I find within the straight Egyptians stallions a need to find loins and long croups that are fairly level.. Many have pretty faces, but lack in body. I find an attraction for great tail female proven producers such as Hanan or Deenaa. Since I am from the old school I personally saw many of the great horse of the past and sharply remember their valuable traits. Then in pedigrees see one good one after another in each generation. Yet how that individual produces will be the final decision to recommend or not, Some of these well promoted stallions are busted in the breeding barn, but they do have some excellent ones…and then you see the mares and know that is basically where it came from.
What this all comes down to is research and knowledge along without prejudice. Know what a classic , correctly built Arabian truly is and then with "luck" you will succeed. (remember no such thing is "perfection"… every horse has failings.)