I know everyone who read sthis forum are horse lovers, I also know a lot of people dream of breeding their own horses. But jsut because you love them doesnt mean you should breed them! Lately I hav ebeen looking for a pony to buy to break in and turn into a child pony. This search has taken me to backyard breeders all over the country. Its also left me seriously upset! Please take the following into consideration before you breed!
1. Way to many start breeding horses as a fun backyard buisness with their non horsey spouse/partners- To many times this ends in divorce, I have seen so many cases this month of non horsey ex partener dumped with a whole bunch of semi wild stallions,mares, and all offspring! You will not make money breeding a few cute ponies(not matter how many you breed) they are **** expensive creatures that are impossible to budget for. They cause stress, arguments, financial strain and are a lot more hardwork than you bargained for.
2. How much do you actually know- you may have owned horses a long time this dosnt always mean your good judges of horses. Do you know good conformantion when you see it. What are cow hocks, swayed back, ewe necks, a horse that dishes or weaves? Do you know these things? Are they desirable?
3. Is their actually a market for what you want to breed? Usally if no one else is breeding them it because its not a good idea. If their is a market can you produce them to a marketable standard.?Just because coloured ponies sell for lots of money dosent mean yours will, if their half wild, ugly, knock kneed and unbroken, or weaninlings.
4.do you have an idea of how gentics actually work? And what some crosses will produce. Crossing a minature with a large pony wll not getr you a small pony- most of the time it will get you a large bodied horse, on tiny midget legs that will never stay sound. Blood over bone, is an old saying that is very true, do you know what it means? Some Cheap crazy OTTB crossed with a draft/qh/paint etc will not always result in great offspring. Heavy mare over light stallion is a better way to go
5. Temperamnt and movement is important- breeding highly strung choppy quick ponies are no good for anybody- they bounce kids out of the saddle and require experianced rider, which there arnt many of.
6. Do you know anything about training, or horse pyscology. Because if you breed them gurantee you will have to do some of the work- what happens if a foal dosnt want to be handled? Can you deal with halter breaking. Waht about handling stallions? Are you confident enough around dominant mare that you can work around them if somethign goes wrong?
7. Can you handle loss? Greif? Drama? Disaster? If a horse has birthing porblems can you cope until a vet gets there? Can you be strong enough to be able to make decision to have an animal out to sleep if it is born with birth deformities, or dies in birth. One abandoned all her horse to starve because she was to distraught to look at them after a favorite mare died. As a breeder your playing god with these animal and will have to make hard descisions
8. Do you know you breed standard? What should your horse look like. If your breeding welsh ponies are you breeding show quality ones? Fugly horse don't sell well- its the hard facts. Go get experiance with the breed, breeders and in the industry before you start!! It is essential
9. Breeding horses is really realy realy expensive both money and timewise! People very rarely make money out of it.can you cope with expense?worming, farrier, vet, breeding, feed, remember 4 broodmares can mean 16 horses in 3 years- it can get out of control pretty quickly. You really do have to think in buisness terms, what it going to cost year by year and can you afford to run this buisness?
10. Most very bad conditions in horses are inheritable=please don't continute to breed them not matter how good the horse is otherwise- bone disease-hernias, weak feet, these can all be inheraitbe and make a horses life misery! As is HYPP etc etc
Please please think about this before you breed. I have seen far to many, ignorant people that have produced ugly,lame, deformed, or neglected,malnourished horses. These are sad creatures that will never be guranteed good lives. Therse is no shortage of horses in the world, just a shortage of good owners!!
I posted this a year ago and things havnt got any better. In fact now even Nice horses are taking a very long time to sell. So people please thinks out his before you breed.
One last thing, although most people will love each horse they bred, it doesn't mean you will like it or have a special bond with it. Most of the time you could go out and pick a foal for cheaper and choose one you instantly get along with rather than spend years trying to get along with a horse you don't connect with...just a thought.