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!