I've worked around horses for about 9 years now. Started out just spending time with the horses in the the field next to me. Then started working with them, training the foals and looking after the pregnant mares for their owner. Just last spring I finally got my own mare - an 18 (now 19) year old QH.
When I first started working with the horses and especially the adorable foals I always wanted one of my own! I always thought that if I ever got my own mare I would breed her and get a foal. My reasons for wanting a foal I guess were summed up in that I thought they were adorable and I wanted to raise and train my very own foal. I didn't take into account the idea of conformation of the mare, age, suitable stallions, possible high vet costs, foaling facilities, etc. Granted I was between the age of 9 and 13.
I knew I wanted a future with horses so I started studying like crazy all about them, joined this forum and have been learning tons ever since. After reading several threads and doing my own research I came to the conclusion that it would not be fair to just breed any mare for a kyoot foal!
I have a mare now, but I would not consider breeding her as she would be a 19 year old maiden mare, is technically grade (papers lost) and I do not have the kind of money for the possible emergency vet bills and proper foaling facilities etc.
But I will not give up my dream of having my own foal some day!! I'm just going to be smart about it. I will wait till I have the money, time and facilities, money for a trainer for the foal if I am not competent enough by that time, and either have a mare that is registered and real breeding quality and breed her to an equally worthy stallion that compliments her, or I will buy a young mare (no older than 8) that is already in foal (again most likely registered and good confo) and do things that way. I also would probably want the mare to be broke as I would likely only have that one foal out of her.
So I just want to say a big thank-you to everyone that has started threads or posted on them advice about breeding! It has certainly changed my outlook on this issue!