I'm going to kindly disagree with your disagreement, Chiilaa. Pure numbers to pure numbers, it is the large scale breeder that has a larger impact on the horse population, not that they want their stock to go to slaughter, they are just upping their odds of getting a winner at the expense of the horse. I'm not talking down discipline breeders as a whole, I'm talking about a specific type of breeder that should be addressed other than the BYB. You know, folks who breed 100+ mares to get a handful of show stoppers, who stud out their stallions for big bucks without taking a look at the recipient mares, who don't even bother to put some riding skills on young mares before putting them straight into a brood band, etc. It's putting money and pride ahead of the welfare of the horses. Yes, there are really great breeders who seriously take the time to increase their chances of producing excellent quality horses, but there are too many out there that don't. Folks like that are Little Janey on steroids. Those who care don't mass produce, period. And consider, even with the best to the best, you aren't guaranteed the best results. I've seen some fugly horses with amazing pedigrees. I'm merely suggesting that everyone, from the small time horse owner, horse sport enthusiast, and all the way up to the top show people, needs to take a good look at the whole picture and accept some measure of responsibility instead of blaming the other guy.