Are you willing to take a chance on losing the mare, foal, or possibly both? Because it happens far more than people realize.
Besides, why breed a grade? That's an honest question. Unless you have a specific goal in mind and choose a stallion that will hopefully complement your mare, what's the point? There are always going to be plenty of grade, unregistered horses.
Creating life should be something that one approaches with awe and a little trepidation, not with some half-baked idea of getting a cute baby to love, a 'piece of their mare', or that they're going to get the next World Champion whatever.
If you want a horse, go to an auction and pick up a weaner or something to ride. Unless I had a business to run, the money to do it, and some **** NICE horses to contibute to the breed...No, I would not.
I plan to breed Selena in several years. However she is bred to the nines, has a show record, extremely good tempered, talented, and will be bred to a top reined cowhorse Matt Dillon Dunnit. I wouldn't even think of breeding her if she wasn't registered.
I'm in the minority but for me It depends on the horse, and the person who owns the horse.
My first Horse was an arab X mare that I owned from the time I was 13 til I was 26. I rode the ever lovin' crap out of that mare, and had her in some pretty stupid situations- She is the most willing,even tempered predictable horse I have EVER known. She loves to be ridden,and is far from a plug, yet if you put a kid on her back and let em go,she will take care of that kid like its her duty. She now belongs to my former B/O who had severe horse anxiety from a nasty fall she took several years ago... This mare has helped this woman get back in the saddle again.
I tried several times to get a foal out of this mare but she never did take unfortunetly. She is gradey and has horrendous cowhocks (which to this day she is a sound as an ox even though I rode her discustingly HARD in our younger years).. but IF she had taken, I have NO DOUBT that I would have gotten a great little horse from her.
IMO papers don't make a decent horse and lack of papers don't make a chitty
Horse. If a person is making an informed decision on the breeding of their mare (grade or not), and is breeding to a stallion that will compliment their mare and *hopefully* lessen her flaws, AND there is a definet plan and a desire for the foal- whats the problem? I get that there is a horrible overflow in the horse market, but I'm not not going to breed a great mare of mine (grade or not) because of it..
And just to clearify I am in no way for the over breeding of horses in general...
I know some breeders of some darn nice quality Papered horses that haven't really slowed their breeding even though the market is crap,and most of their horses arent fetching that much.. IMO these breeders are at just as much fault as the idiots who have a stallion and a bunch of mares running around their pasture breeding up a storm..indescriminetly.
No, I would not. Be reminded that the horse market crashed 8 years ago for supply and demand reasons - well before the economy crashed. And 8 years ago is when I stopped breeding. We always need SOME breeding going on, of course, but I would not breed casually until the demand caught back up with the supply...