You don't want to start a fight, but want to know peoples' opinions on breeding? C'mon, you have
to know this a very hot-button topic.
I don't breed. Never have, never will. I own only geldings, and I don't see that changing.
Why breed when there's a glut of horses on the market, and the economy is in the tank? Anyone can pick up a decent horse for nothing or next to nothing right now.
People screech about being anti slaughter, but then turn around and breed their fugly, done nothing mare to the neighbor's illmannered, conformational trainwreck of a stallion because they want a 'kyoot baybee', think their mare 'deserves to be a mommy', or some other ridiculous reason.
I say leave the breeding to the professionals. They're
the ones who have done the research and spent years and a boatload of money trying to improve their chosen breeds.
Just because something has working genitalia doesn't mean it needs to be bred.