There are so many horses on Dream horse CraigsList and so on. I love looking. I have yet to find a single horse that I would actually buy for the price I can breed for. The ones around here in CL are scary and yet they breed them. Some are trying to sell b/c they have more coming. That one really ticks me off. If you can not keep them then do not breed more. If you can not get a good price for your foal and I am not taking $1K I am talking at the very least $2500 then do not breed. I see so many selling for $200. Why would you even breed a foal that you could not get even $200 for??
I also agree that there are a lot of people on these forums who breed who should not be. Yet every one thinks we must be nice and PC.
Way too many color breeders I really hate when the first thing you see is someone asking about what color the foal will be. Who cares. I was looking at stallions for one of my mares the other day. Emailed several stallion owners. One that I some what liked I ruled out for one simple reason. The line about what color his foals are. If that is you clam to fame on your stallion....
Foundation breeders are anouther one of my pet peeves. If you are breeding for a % you are no better then the color breeders. I see this so much also. The first thing in the add is about what % their horse is. Again who cares. Each of my mares are very high % foundation. Yet That is not even on my list when looking at breeding them. Should never be either.
I could go on but I will stop now.
YES YES YES! I agree so much with this..
The 2 stallions I am down to are both bays. Which means I will Get drum roll please.................. A BAY.
I like bays.. Bays with nice shiny coats, a little chrome, and oh yeah, a pedigree that backs up their show record and conformation!
Someone posted about dogs, so I have to comment, lol. There are SOME designer dogs that actually had a purpose--like trying to make a more allergy friendly dog, or making a more versatile breed (the labradoodle is an example of that, IMO they are EXCELLENT dogs, I've never met one I didn't like) but some of the combinations are just stupid. Another thing, WHY do we need a 'toy' version of everything these days?!?
Next thing you know, it'll catch on in the horse world and we'll start having minature thoroughbreds and quarter horses.
I think BYB's are why some people choose to stay away from "grade" horses. Although they're just as good, it perpetuates the cycle?
For the red text: I don't like the cross, since it is just a cross, a hybrid, it's not a breed. No doubt the cross tends to be "excellent", that's just for some of the dogs. Some have traits that are.. viscous. Psychotic, even.
For the blue: how stupid, there really is no purpose for another miniature breed. The mini's we have today are just fine.
Bold text: Yeah, grade horses are fine in my book. I would like to breed my grade mare, although I have no idea what to do at this point. She's either lame or severely back sore.
Backyard Breeder = the dolt who posted the Ad I saw on Craiglist this morning. Wanted a stud to live cover their mare. Listed a few breeds that they would "prefer" but said it didn't really matter as long as it was a really cheap stud fee since they didn't have much money.
I can only imagine what a "really cheap" stud would look like, I suppose the mare was really cheap too.... can you imagine the offspring!?
It's just ignorance, pure ignorance. Sorry to say that, but it also may be a horse owner who is not well-educated about the horse-world.
Depending on their genetics, you could also get black or chestnut ;)
I do NOT breed for color, but I AM horse color genetics obsessed, so I DO have an interest in knowing what color the foal could end up being, but just because of my curiousity, not because it matters :)
I LOVE your foals, CheyAut!! You are one of my favorite breeders, you have serious knowledge about what you breed, you back it up by following genetics. All your horses are well conformed, have nice bloodlines, and all have a purpose. I hold a great amount of respect for you, not only as a breeder, but as a horse-woman.
If you want a hypoallergenic dog, get a Poodle.
If you want a fairly large, hypoallergenic dog, get a standard Poodle.
Standards are lovely, intelligent, and very hardy dogs. My next dog is probably going to be a standard Poodle.
IMO, there's absolutely no reason to breed mutts and call them 'designer' dogs. The people who will pay an exorbitant price for mutts are idiots.
The Puggle is one that gets my goat. Yeah, let's take a Pug and a Beagle and mate 'em! You usually get a dog who has trouble breathing, and bays when they get excited. How is that desirable?
I bought my Great Dane from a very reputable breeder. She makes no money on her dogs, and is in it for the sheer love of and desire to improve the breed.
She requires vet and personal references, and she gives a 2 year heath guarantee on her puppies. She also tells people if they can't keep their dog, she'll take it back no questions asked.
She only breeds one or two litters a year, always has a waiting list, and many of her buyers are return customers.
That's a reputable breeder.
YES YES YES YES YES!!
Agreed! Standard poodles are lovely, hardy, and very athletic, intelligent dogs! Tremendously under-credited breed. I have a Standard that comes to me for herding. She's titled in agility, obedience, she has competed in several field hunting trials, AND she is currently halfway to her herding title! You don't get more versatile then that!
Why in the world would you cross that with a lab (no offense to lab owners) and think you are making an improvement?
Again, my answer is ignorance