IMO, like I said in another thread, a person needs to do their research before breeding a horse, whether grade or not. Mutts can do just as well, if not better, than purebreds. I understand the prejudice against grade horses, I simply don't completely agree with it.
Anyway, if a person looks down both roads and sees if there are any horses for sale that are up to their criteria (a horse that is probably young/can be trained for what they want/the breed they want) and comes up with nothing, I don't see why they shouldn't breed their horse. Again, conformation and such are important so they throw a good horse and not one that can't do anything other than bum around a farm. If all of that is true, then I see that it's fine, whether the horse being bred is grade or if the foal will be a mutt (grade or registered).
It's all up to being responsible, which doesn't always happen (in a lot of cases it doesn't), but I believe the only way to prevent irresponsible breeding is to EDUCATE those thinking about breeding. Tell them what's involved, show them the FACTS of breeding their horse and give them all the tools that they need to breed their horse. Be honest and show them exactly WHY the horse they have might not be good for breeding and tell them about ALL of their options, including going through the market to find a horse that's close to what they're looking for. I agree being blunt is sometimes necessary, but to be so blunt and in their face right away will do nothing but turn potential breeders off, make them shy away from doing research or asking questions and possibly breed irresponsibly.
If a person does not listen to reason and refuses to see the facts about breeding, that is the time to be blunt. Otherwise, try to be a guiding hand and show them to all the information they need. If we do that we can prevent unnecessary breeding, lead the person to buying a new horse, or allow them to breed a good horse safely. It may not stop pointless breeding of horses, but we can at least do something more than tell all of those thinking of breeding their horses that they're wrong. //rant over.
Last edited by morehandclaps; 08-10-2011 at 11:53 PM.