Anyone can breed any amount of mares of any breed to this stud for a flat fee of $1,500.00 (half of the stud fee will be donated to Texas A&M for their horse program). Texas A&M can breed him for free to as many of their horses as they would like.
Am I the only one who thinks this is a bad idea with good intentions?
And some questions....
1: Won't this ruin Smart Chic Olenas stud value? Seeing as anyone with a Mare and $1,500.00 can get grandfilly/colt from him? Won't this cheapen the value of the other Grandchildren his offspring have foaled?
2: Will this result in an influx of breeding (Again, anyone with a mare and $1,500.00 can get a Smart Chic Olena Grandchild AND say they bred their mare to Clinton Anderson's horse)? With an Influx of Breeding, there usually comes an influx of Slaughter. Don't we already have a ton of horses that need homes? Now unpapered mixed breed horses have to compete with Jag's foals for suitable homes.
3: Clinton said: "I think he'll cross well not just with Quarter Horses and Paints, but also with Thoroughbreds or even gaited mares." Breeding Jag to a Gaited Horse doesn't seem like a hot idea to me.. I think it will compromise the integrity of both breeds and the result may end up as Slaughter bait. Maybe that's just me personally saying that.. but I can't think why I would breed a Walking Horse to a Quarter Horse. I don't think either association would paper the baby.
I think that its really nice that he is giving up his really talented and well bred horse to Texas A&M to help provide people who cannot afford a $10,000.00 stud fee (what other Smart Chic Olena offspring are asking for fees) with a well bred horse... and its awesome that half the proceeds go to the school, and he is allowing them to breed for free, so the students can raise the colts then sell them and make even more money...
But did everyone in the Horse and Rider magazine forget about the Unwanted Horse Coalition? About the excess of unwanted horses that desperately need homes? The poor economy causing people to bite off more than they can chew and the horses suffer?
I don't know.. I see this resulting in a lot of homeless horses. Not Jag's offspring, but the horses whose stall they took when they needed to be weaned. (if that makes sense). I have met plenty of people in my years in the Horse World who will gladly pay $1,500.00 to breed their mare to a "famous" horse, but not have the money to pay for farrier work, vet work, etc. A lot of those people also tend to think they can sell the baby for a profit. I'm sure you guys have met people like this too... and I forsee them buying the most stud fees.
This all kind of bums me out =/ ...what do you guys think?