Honestly there are way to many foals and young untrained horses out there. Seems like it would be so much cheaper and easier just to buy what you want rather than rolling the dice on breeding. Not to mention you arnt waiting 3 years or so to have a usable horse.
Yes, I know. I'm trying to avoid having this debate, yet again. I have spent the last 8 years telling my self I shouldnt breed, their are too many foals, etc. I have trained many young horses, worked with rescues, trained an untouched 3 year old mustang mare from halter to saddle breaking, just finished halter breaking a 5 year old clydesdale stallion rescued from the meat buyer, retrained a starved beaten mare, halter broke countless weanlings for other people, foals from auctions, etc, but I still havent been able to replace the feeling I had with my own colt, that I was training from the ground up, for myself.
I finally found a horse I really love that is perfect for me. She is turning 16. I dont expect her to be able to do endurance forever. I have found a stallion I like almost as much as my mare.
This foal is the project I have been wanting, a replacement for the colt I lost and by the time he/she is old enough to compete, my mare will be ready to start slowing down. I dont think its terribly selfish to breed for one
foal for myself, out of a good mare from a great stallion. I have the funds, time and knowledge to succeed, and I am well aware of the uncertainty and gambles that are involved in breeding.
(sorry for the novel)