Okay, going to get this back in the direction I was actually asking about. And I do understand what you're saying, Merlot, but I think that if everyone limits themselves to breeding only perfect, six figure competition horses then where will the average person like me that loves horses and just wants to ride for fun be (I actually don't compete, and I don't train/retrain commercially, just the odd horse for friends and family). Or even the amateur/lower level competitors. I don't think owning horses is a pumpkin king given right (certainly not for some people, who present a strong case for contraceptives in the water), but neither should it be the domain of only the rich.
Certainly agree with you on not knowing where a horse you bred might end up, but if a time ever came that I was breeding I would probably look at something legal to sort that - something like a contract saying I should be contacted in case of selling. Dunno if that would have a leg to stand on, but I'm not a lawyer and it's just one of the million and one things I'd be researching before going anywhere near my mares with a straw full of Sexy Welsh #86 XD
With that said, HF, I'm going to ask again. Where do you draw the lines between breeding the big money, "perfect" horses, breeding good quality, affordable horses and breeding anything with a uterus? Is anyone who doesn't breed absolute perfection a backyard breeder to you, or is there room in your world for minor faults that don't extremely affect the usefulness of a horse?
I guess I sort of side-tracked this myself with all my Kaimanawa blabbering, but it was the only example of quality/affordability vs. expensive/perfect I could think of (and saving a breed that's being slaughtered by the hundreds for tussock while we're at it -- because, eventually, DOC is going to win and Kaimanawas will be taken off the ranges completely. Maybe it's not a bad thing overall, but it will be if there's no effort to save the breed in domestication before it becomes so disgustingly inbred there's nothing left to save). You might say they're just ponies, CessBee, but there's no denying that they have been shaped by our beautiful land into a unique animal. Not to mention the fact that our ancestors put them there, and we have a responsibility to at least care for them, not just shoot them and dump them in a pile like trash.
Last edited by noddy; 01-09-2013 at 08:33 AM.