Originally Posted by tealamutt
Well we seem to have disseminated into the argument the OP was hoping against. I just wanted to make a comment, mostly in response to Spyder. I agree that breeding is very important and should certainly not be something that people are unilaterally against. I work for a very prominent reproductive specialist, so of course I am not against breeding.
However I AM against your average breeder which, I'd have to say is what 90% of people posting on this forum are, no offense meant, but when you work with someone who knows what they're doing it is hard to take "my mare is just so CUTE" as a serious reason to breed. I think you are right that most breeders (real breeders, not one time deals) avoid this forum and rightly so, because most of them have plenty of experience or a qualified repro specialist to whom they can direct their queries. Maybe working with high end sport horse producers has jaded me, but hearing some of the questions people are asking, at the stage they are at (ie. The mare is already bred or the semen already ordered, etc. etc.) causes a lot of concern for many of the people posting on this forum. Too often people breed because "they just love this mare", instead of having made a calculated decision based on producing quality foals.
Oh I agree 100%.
I also know that just because you have had a lots of RIDING experience ( even to the point of being considered at an advanced stage) that you would not necessarily know much about breeding.
People need to know ALL sides. The expense involved, the time involved, what genetics work with others, the risk involved ( and the percentage that MOST babies are born without complications
) what sort of registration available. The difference in breeding methods as well as what conformation faults can be inherited and which may be overcome with correct selection of mare to stallion.
THIS is what this thread should be about. This is information that a serious potential breeder needs and this is what is lacking in virtually every thread involving breeding.
And when I decided to get a mare to breed I had no knowledge of any of the above and had no resource other than to go to the breeders themselves. In the general sense you could say I was a backyard breeder with a mare that did absolutely nothing to prove her worth other than she was bred the way I wanted.