Those are good points, Nurse in Boots. I agree with you about not bringing any unwanted horses into the world. The breeding I'm going to be doing is not irresponsible. I'm using well-bred broodmares and proven stallions (so far I haven't paid less than $1000 for a stud fee). And I will only be breeding like two to four babies a year. That's not many in the large scheme of things.
The baby we've been raising this year is so good. So many people who've met her have fallen in love with her. The photographer at her inspection said that she would have loved to have bought her and passed her picture on to all her horsey friends in case any of them are interested. Our farrier is a roper and said he was going to buy her and make her the first warmblood to be a rope horse. He was kidding but he really likes her. I think part of it is that we've done such a good job handling her and raising her. She will make a really nice horse for someone and part of that is her breeding and part of it is the way we've raised her.
My daughter shows in hunter/jumper. We just spent several months looking for a decent show horse that we could afford. Finding one in our price range was not easy, and he has his issues. It's not always easy to find a good horse.
However, I won't just be breeding. I'm also going to buy young horses to raise, put some basic training on them and sell. And I'd like to have "project" horses as well. Those might be horses I buy at auction who need a little work. The goal would be to work with them and get them going well and then sell them.
I'm keeping my options open.
Thank you for your input, Nurses In Boots. I do respect what you have to say and see why you would feel that way. I get so angry when I hear of situations where people treat their animals like used toilet paper. Grrrrrr