I meant what CathGuest wrote: the old fashioned, big bodied mares.
I don't own any horses at the moment, I am just working and living at a farm while I finish up this year of school but I am trying to learn as much as possible about the SE, breeding, and all aspects of care and training.
Maybe it would be easier to give an example, there is a mare here who is a Sar Ibn Moniet daughter and she is built like a tank. She is tall and has a lot of substance. Nice head, not extreme by todays standards but very Arabian. She is not the type of mare you would see in the show ring except in perhaps lead line or walk trot classes with a small child. I see many of these types out there sitting around at various farms and being sold quite cheaply because they do not fit into the current "fad".
I personally like this type of horse. I feel as though I can ride all day and in rough terrain and be just fine and so will she.
However, at some point in time I would like to breed a mare or two and do some showing with my own horses. At the moment I have several here to show so I don't need to go on a spending spree but you know how it is!
Is it worth the risk from a breeding standpoint to use these older lines to be the foundation for a breeding and showing program or are they too far gone from what we have in todays show ring and breeding shed?
I think to answer my own question, that for the breeding aspect producing well conformed using offspring I would be OK but I would like to be able to do both. Can this be done? I am sure many of the people on this forum have some of these older horses in their pastures.