all I can see, is people jumping on me for stating my opinions and yet, I really havent gotten any answers to my question.
Why do people breed? I understand that yes, there could be accidents and their mares some how get pregnant or their stud gets loose and goes to their mare. Cool that was an accident, thanks for taking responsibility for it... but why go out of your way to breed when there are perfectly good horses out there, pretty much for free....
and yes, I agree I should have worded it differently I forgot that some people don't appreciate bluntness. I'm sorry for offending every one that I did. I really do want to know though... its like.. backyard puppy breeders... theyre usually messed up puppies with tons of health issues... sure you get a few good ones here and there but I just don't understand WHY people feel the need to do so.
You won't get an answer to the question because nobody breeds their horse thinking that it's going to be a pointless horse that will go to slaughter/auction.
Nobody is going to come to this thread and say:
"I breed pointless horses because yadda yadda yadda."
If you want an answer, ask the question better.
Like newbhj said, no one who breeds thinks, or is willing to admit, that they are breeding worthless animals. You can tell someone a hundred times that the animal should not be bred, but there is always another excuse to combat.
If your mare or stud has amazing lines, temperament, skills, confirmation, yadda yadda , please go ahead breed your horses and give the world back a nice quality breed of horse. No more saddlebred thoroughbred crosses or miniature ponies with with donkies.
I do remember someone posting her grown baby on this forum (don't remember who was that though). The mare was grade, BUT with nice confo and disposition. The owner found a stud to compliment the mare. The outcome (bred for eventing and with the full intention of the owner to keep her) while being grade was absolutely lovely looking horse. So it's not so much about lines or show record, but about the owner being 1) responsible and 2) doing his/her homework and knowing what he/she is doing when it comes to breeding. With that being said it was more of an exception from what I could see.
I breed for one basic reason. I can not buy a prospect for the same price I can breed for.
I agree that breeding just to bred is a bad idea. I also think that people really need to think what they are doing and do all the research and make sure that what they are breeding is something that is better or at the very least as good as anything they can go out and buy for the same price or less most of the time. However there has always been and will always be a good market for well bred well conformed horses. Stopping breeding just to stop is a bad idea. The key is breeding quality not quantity.