Originally Posted by dbarabians
My mares are all trained at some time and are ridden. These two mares were purchased untrained and I have not felt the need to train either.
With 31 horses , a full time job, rental property, and a 3,000 acre place to manage that is not a priority.
All the mares I own except the elderly ones are broodmares first and foremost.
I don't show and see no need to until I start to promote Cassius.
Greed has nothing to do with any decision I make concerning my horses. Most will live out their lives at my place. I don't try and make any money from them if so I would not have 31 and about 10 over the age of 18. More than half of those over 25. Two over 30. Most breeders that breed for profit would have culled them long ago. Shalom
I didn't have time to address these points-- had to see patients.
I find it interesting that some people assume simply because a horse is not shown in a ring, it's useless and does nothing. I have horses doing various jobs. Most trail, one just started competitive trail, several pack kids around, one does barrels, one reins-- and no-- it's not my QH-- she's a lazy thing..etc.. But because I didn't "buy" a ribbon to prove it.. they're not breedworthy. I actually think it's a great idea for horses to have practical jobs that doesn't require make-up, braids, and a personal secretary. The vast
majority of people want usable horses that they can afford. THAT is the population that will buy.
Mine get schooled very well and are extremely
well mannered, social, willing, and responsive. THAT is what the majority of people look for.
I also have a FT job, fortunately with incredible flexibility, so I prefer to spend my time with my horses... not chasing dubious ribbons of dubious value. With your point about Cassius.. I will show Dream (have once already) and Psynny only to get a few accomplishments for the record. I do this begrudgingly as I know too many top trainers who have shared the reality of it with me- and the entire system is corrupt. Imagine having horses returned with wires in their gums so they could shock them (they forgot to remove them before sending them back) ..all to make them stand up pretty.. Horse won though- so it's all good.
I find it ridiculous and unrealistic that people expect a horse to have a list of accomplishments as a yearling or even a three year old. I will NOT ruin my horse by backing him or her too early OR putting them in extremely stressful situation that can risk their health if they're not ready to handle it. That's abuse in my book. I
have pulled horses from classes because I felt they were already too stressed,
I also do not expect to make money off of what I enjoy. I don't have to. There are different reasons for breeding and people have to get over their own biases and realize others live and choose differently. It's not your
choice; it's the breeder's choice. I breed, care for, spend time with, ride, train wonderful Arabians because I can.
I have the money, the resources, and the time. I can choose to sell-- or choose to keep. I will buy more, I will breed more, I will teach them to be outstanding citizens, and I will enjoy every second of it! It's a wonderful thing if it's done right.