Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
We've got quite the thread here, lol.
I know someone like that. Not just horses, but sheep, dogs, cats, AND chickens. All at the same time. They had at least a dozen chickens, four mares in foal to their Appy, a few cats, several dogs, a ram, two ewes, and a few lambs. None of which were spayed or neutered. After falling into a huge hole, they sold everything but a few dogs, and then decided to fork out like $300 for a registered Aussie puppy, that they aren't getting fixed because they may want to breed her. All of this after the [maybe] 2 year old Sharpay died because they couldn't feed her enough to compensate for the life her puppies sucked out of her. It makes me cringe. Hardcore cringe.
I would love to breed my mare. Because I want to have a part of her after she passes. She's a registered Paint without any major [or even any minor] conformational flaws, has had two colored babies, and is what most people would consider a breed-worthy mare. But I wouldn't breed to a Paint, I'd breed to a TB, draft, or warmblood, because I'd want something big and "hot." I would want a dressage mount, a hunter/jumper, maybe an eventer-type horse. The stud would have to be correct and successful. Yes, I would have a grade baby. But I wouldn't take any stud. Would that make me a "backyard breeder?" I don't think so. Especially since I'm not going to breed her because 1] she's 18, 2] I can't afford it, and 3] my friend at work had a "whoops" QH filly she was trying to give away.
If I fell into a very, very large sum of money and had enough, I'd probably still breed Ricci. But in reality, by the time I had the money to comfortably breed her and support her through pregnancy and the foal, she'd be too old for me to comfortably breed anyway. And I don't want to breed Gracie when she gets older because I don't feel she has anything spectacular to offer, and certainly nothing I'd want to keep in baby-form. She's a great filly, don't get me wrong. But why make a baby I wouldn't use and probably couldn't sell because there are already thousands of QH's out there? So I've resigned myself to someday purchasing a warmblood colt, get it gelded, and then have my big, "hot" eventer-type horse.
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