Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I think that if you have the means and the knowledge, breeding is acceptable. Even if it's to less then stellar partners that most people may not think breeding is a good idea. We can't all be breeding champions 24/7, there is a huge market for reliable trail horses. No, you don't want to be breeding dysfunctional disasters for the sake of breeding, but I don't have an issue with "backyard breeding" if it's well thought out with a plan in mind. I get annoyed at "breeders" who pop out dozens of babies a year with no other intention then to sell them - I would rather see someone breeding a pair with conformational faults with a true intention of the foal then see these registered animals being auctioned every year for a few hundred bucks because the only thing they have going for them are some papers.
Breeding is a crapshoot regardless. You can breed champion to champion and get nothing - it happens all the time. And every once in awhile you can breed defective to defective and get something amazing because of the strength of the past lines.
Something VERY interesting was brought up on FHOTD awhile back - go take a look at some of our founding champions of different breeds. 9 times out of 10, at first glance, you would gasp and shake your fist saying "NOBODY SHOULD BREED THAT MESS". And yet they're the roots and lineage of today's champions. Certain conformation faults you don't want, but a skilled breeder can use the strength of a pedigree and breed those faults out.
I have no issue with breeding, I just have an issue with emotional breeding and mass breeding. These, realistically, are the horses you're finding at auction. They haven't been trained properly and were bred only to be sold, so nobody wants them. Even if things don't work out and you end up selling that mongrol foal you bred - all it takes is a few years of solid training to make them worth more then that registered yearling with an attitude problem.
Our area is also very different - we have WAY less issues with equine over population. We have a ridiculously growing need for reliable trail horses and a ridiculous lack of supply, so in my area, I would be far less opposed to someone breeding potentially less then stellar animals. Again though, it could just as easily be accomplished by buying some yearlings or two year olds and training them for homes.
I don't think anyone should be made to feel bad for breeding an animal that has a demand in their community. Rescueing is great, but more often then not, you're rescueing animals that are defective at best and may not amount to much. People shouldn't be forced to deal with other peoples problems if they know what they're doing.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.