What makes a good breeder and what makes a backyard breeder?
This question came to my mind for two reasons:
1) I will probably go through a breeder to get my first horse, and I want to make sure I'm not supporting someone unethical.
2) I may (and I emphasize may) one day buy a mare with the intent to breed.
I come from the dog fancy, and know generally what to look for and what to avoid when it comes to dogs. However, the horse is a very different animal, and so is the fancy. I'm sure there are similarities, as a lot of what is considered ethical is plain old common sense. However, there are also undoubtedly differences.
There is a lot of gray area when it comes to what is ethical, but what, in your opinion, makes a person a good breeder, and what makes them a bad breeder.
ETA: Forgot to add, please be kind :)
Last edited by BKLD; 07-30-2014 at 05:26 PM.