I cringe whenever I see someone talking about breeding their horse nowadays.
Partly because I was one of the people sharing the photos and story of the 20 foals that were being given away at the Linwood KS auction last month, the majority of them pulled off their mothers. I think one was maybe 3 weeks old.
Someone else has posted asking for help on my FB page for 10 yearlings that were abandoned at an auction because they KB didn't want them, and no one would bid on them. That was today.
The youngest foals? Several of them were registered too. Must have been chaos with the mares calling to their foals in desperation as they were herded on the slaughter trucks, while the foals were frantically trying to get to their mamas.
And always fun to see the pregnant mares loaded onto those trucks too.
In this day and time? No one should even think about putting a foal on the ground that hasn't got a superior mare to breed to a superior stallion. And that means ones that have a strong show record, on both sides.
Right this minute? I could probably lay my hands on at least 10 horses, of various ages, breeds and sexes, from free to 500 dollars, and several of them are registered too. AND what do they all have in common? All but one of them should have never been bred.
The only one that might have been worth something? Injured fetlock at 2, not lame, but has left it enlarged, he is WP bred, and a nice fellow. Just no one wants him. Pretty blue roan too. 500 dollars, and no one wants him.
I work for a WP barn, and last year we had mare reject her foal. Each bucket of Mare's Match costs almost 70 dollars, and lasts maybe a week. Times that 12 weeks? Pretty costly. And had to drive to get it.
There are nice horses, from suckling to aged, being killed every day, or starving to death in someone's yard, or being abandoned, those horses need a home.
Even though you are saying this is in future? The future doesn't look much more promising than the present does for horse people. And darn sure not for the horses, if slaughter plants open up here in US.
When you get in market for another horse? Find one already on ground, so you will know what you are getting, and spare yourself the wait, and the expense too.
Horses make me a better person.