Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
It's funny, because we talk about the backyard breeder and the first thing that comes to mind is most of us - typical riders who have one or two horses that probably aren't registered and mostly just pets and companions.
But what about the people who DO have a business, who DO have registered stock, and who DON'T have a clue? These people are the absolute WORST. In my opinion, so much worse then the standard BYB - the average one of us breeds our mare once, gets our kyoot little foal, and very likely, will end up keeping it!
I know a woman who is convinced her horses are champions. That they have this flawless conformation and they're just perfect for everything. Because they're registered. And one did some halter showing as a youngster, completely local. Not only do you have to ask yourself "why are they $300 a pop then?", but you can't help but shudder at the fact that she's breeding multiple mares every year - and ends up with nothing but pastures full of wild and dangerous and mostly unregistered horses that never get handled. She is fully convinced she has the best bloodlines around and that everyone should want these foals - she just never advertises so they sit and rot.
Let me tell you, 90% of what she's breeding is fuglier and more useless then 90% of the average mare owners I know picking out a PROPER stud and breeding their sweet Bessie. At least the foal has a chance on ONE side of the fence.
At the end of the day, it's THOSE people that are fueling the slaughter industry. The people breeding 20 and 30 "registered" foals every year that aren't worth snot because even papers won't fix what's wrong with them. I would MUCH rather see someone breed their mediocre trail horse to a nicely selected stud because they want a baby then have to watch half these train wrecks try to convince the world their foals are worth something!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.