Originally Posted by Xanadu
I guess I'm confused. If there are so many good horses out there going to slaughter, then why did you breed your mare? Yet you tell me not to breed.
Everyone has their opinion, and it seems that we all can justify what we want when it's what WE want.
Yes, there are a lot of horses out there awaiting and untimely end for one reason or another. This is truly sad and if there was a fix for this problem it would truly be amazing but unfortunately it is something that is almost impossible to eradicate due to the fact that no matter how much preaching is done about this and that, there are still a huge number of dodgy breeders/owners out there who will always breed unreasonable quantities of average quality horses. Its like the PETA people who say only to buy dogs from the pound and outlaw selling puppies in pet shops etc. yeah that's fantastic if you want an old dog with possible behaviour problems. But many people want a purebred pup that they can grow with and train etc. where does this leave responsible breeders? Stuck in a barrage of reproach for wanting to breed a couple of good quality horses each year.
Did she ever say anywhere that she would just advertise them in the paper and sell them off to any joe blow?? No! So how can anyone assume she is not going to be responsible with the foals. Is any one person that breeds a small amount to sell to 'forever homes' any better than the next?? NO! Certainly not.
To the original poster again, if you feel you have the means to breed and the chance of selling foals to people who are not going to see them end up at slaughter houses etc then go for your life. Ignore the 'high-horsers'. By that I mean, ignore the people that get up on their high horse about things and tell everyone not to do the things they do themselves.