Ok. to clear things up. I am not in the market to breed. I just thought perhaps for once in her life she might like to raise her own foal and my son could learn about owning a horse from a baby to grown and they could bond to one another. But I think the assumptions made are a bit over-reactive. I am trying to learn something here, not open a foal-mill.
I think I asked those questions too back to back and it was misconstrued, so for that I apologize.
With respect to value, I want to know if she is worth the money and time to find out which registry she could be put on, as someone out there may have one of her offspring and that might help them ( I don't know if anyone would care). Each registry charges fees and the DNA testing required to try and track down her parentage is expensive if even possible as I have made many calls in this regard. It would have no impact on whether I get her or not. I am going back to visit her today and try her out on a halter/lead.
She is not 3K, but apparently that number means something to someone with respect to her foal, and with respect to someone thinking no rescue horse is worth that. Value is what someone is willing to pay-that is correct, but apparently there are those that are and those that are not.
To clarify, she is not that much. I was surprised how little the rescues charged for all the work they put in to bringing these horses back to health and I think they are well within their right for time and effort to charge more.
I also figured since she was branded she was perhaps valuable to someone at some point. However, I have learned of the numerical branding as common place for Premarin mares and that Premarin favored draft breeds, and I was saddened to think she may have lived this life. But the lettered brand makes no sense to me. Plus, what if she was stolen? I think in that case I would want to figure out who the former owner is and try to legally transfer her to me.
There is a lot of mystery with her and I would like to try and solve it.
As for a horse rescue, these horses would be my own on my own property and un-related to the horse rescue for which I would have to buy other property. Horse rescues where I live seem to be limited to those horses seized. We have about four of those and more in the region where I live. We have none really for folks that have fallen upon hard times and want to surrender a horse. That is how I acquired my other horse-the people were going to kill her because of financial purposes, and they had little "value" for her as she is in her late 20s. Now that is someone to take issue with over value as opposed to myself who is only asking questions and trying to figure something out-like why she is in a rescue with what appears to be a plethora of Thoroughbreds and Arabians.
I love her and frankly I love the other as she is beautiful and seems to be kind.
Thanks for letting me clear this up and in the future it might be better to not jump the gun and start assuming the worst of someone just trying to figure a few things out. I have browsed the forums and sadly I see alot of "reactive" answers to folks' questions. If there is some concern perhaps a few more probing questions would be better than a public slap-down. When folks post for the first time, they typically do not write a saga. They throw the questions out there and hope for some response. That is all I am trying to do, but apparently the term "value" has hit a nerve.
Job 39:19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?