Originally Posted by nrhareiner
Again how is what I breed and other breeders like myself over populating the horse industry? This is what I want you to answer. If it is a supply and demand business and prices are going up b/c there are not enough to fill the need then how is there an over population problem at this level? These people are NOT going to go and buy any old average horse. SO what I am breeding does not displace other horses of lessor quality or different breeding.
SO AGAIN I ASK. How am I contributing to the problem of over population and what horses are mine displacing?
Well, of course you are not...there is a market for your good production, and a market for your culls, because they are well above average in their own rights.
People don't seem to understand that even in a down market there is still a demand. We are in a recession now, and car sales have been down. But that does not mean no new cars are being sold...it just means there are fewer than 3 years ago. It also means that some car models still sell well and some don't because they occupy different market segments that are in turn affected to a greater or lesser degree by the recession.
In an ideal world, in a generally down market, breeders that do not breed into a strong market segment are those that should stop breeding or at least curtail their breeding - that would include people that breed grades, and people that breed low-end registered horses. Even in that market segment, although demand is down, there is still some demand, albeit low.
To suggest all breeding should stop is a knee jerk reaction that is not based upon supply and demand. Again, ideally people should breed into market segments with a strong demand and not breed into market segments where there is little or no demand. Unfortuantely it doesn't happen that way...