Thank you Administrator, as this thread was quickly becoming toxic!!
No one needs to be ashamed of their opionions on here (Alwaysbehind), when their opinions are expressed in a constructive way (as your is), when people start attacking other people and leaving rude posts, there in lies the problem. What is your intent? And how do you think the comment will be recieved? Bullying someone with your opinion is usually not the best way to respresent yourself or your platform.
Looks like I should clear up a few things...??
1. I got Artex from a client of mine, Artex was given to HER by the "meat man" and then she found herself in a position where she had to downsize her herd.
2. I am not now, nor will I ever be looking to make money off of my horses.
3. I am not a "Rescue", all of the horses I have have come from rescue situations, meat or my place, except for Artex, she would have found him another home had I not taken him Im sure.
4. I AM NOT NOW, NOR HAVE I EVER BEEN A PET PSYCHIC...thats laughable, this is quickly becoming a bad game of telephone. The least the lady could do is get her info correct when posting on another site. His previous owner suggested to me that she believed he was Ardennes, but there were no papers to support any breed theory. Therefore I "chose" to enter this site to see what others opinions on his breeding were, always being mindful that these would remain a hypothesis, especially after learning DNA wasnt possible.
5. The thread is "do you think he's Ardennes", not "do you think I should breed this grade stud" Having said that I don't mind receiving opinions on that if they are constructivly delivered. Have I waffled on my feelings about breeding him...ABSOLUTELY!! I do not deny that. I feel trapped in an ethical/moral battle with myself, have I not mentioned that at some point?
6. I have taken every possible step to ensure my horses will never see a sale (even due to my possible untimely death) and I feel VERY comfortable about saying that again for the potential foal we will have from Artex in 2012. Many of us do everything we can to protect what we love but I agree that life doesnt always go as planned and nothing is certain, maybe I shouldnt have children either.
7. My expectations of my horses are much simpler than some of yours. I have rescued some horses that will possibly never be rideable due to injuries they have sustained in previous situations. And honestly, Im good with that. They do not need to prove themselves to me. As far as Artex goes..there will be a very small select group with SERIOUS interests in his possible stud services and we "may" consider those who pass our screening. We also "may" geld him.
At the end of the day, his fate and the fate of any offspring he now produces is our responsibility, a responsibility I do not for one second take lightly and without serious consideration.
Again, thank you to all of you who have expressed your opinions, either way, in a respectful manner :)