I wish there were a like button for some of these comments. Speaking from what I have read on ABN, people had perceptions of Shatormar based on several criteria. First, she was breeding Arabians, that had they been fat, didn't look like Arabians. Cross breeding was not the issue. Half Arabians are being bred at a much higher rate than purebreds. But her Arabians should have looked like Arabians. Most didn't even look like quality grade horses. Even a thin quality animal will show its quality. Second, was the criticism of the fact her horses were thin, ill kept, and by all the junk laying around, in the photographs, potential buyers would be afraid of buying a horse with hidden injuries. Third and final, the horses were extremely overpriced.
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When you breed for colour, this is what happens. I love my sabinos but I would never sacrifice the conformation/pedigree to get it.
There's a reason that Elements Arabians (although the business ethics may have been iffy and pedigree mediocre - the horses were well kept and cared for) and Chase N It Farms were selling their sabinos overseas and Shatomar could barely sell any.
And there's no way I would pay $3000 for a filly that had a long back, over at the knee, crooked legs just because she's...splash - let alone even think of paying $35,000. I do think she had a few that, were they painted solid, would not have been painted with the same brush so to speak (Moonlight Money Maker was actually a nice individual himself, in my opinion, but he was bred to horrible mares which killed him as a sire). Triple Libra and Chocolate Snowflake were not bad - of course, neither of these were horses that she produced herself.
I don't think she understood the whole concept of responsible breeding, but go wrapped up in the "selling my painted ponies overseas for big money and get rich" scheme that she failed to see what was sitting right in front of her, and the only ones that suffered were the horses - hopefully. I wonder about her child.
It's all just horribly, unneedlessly, sad.
(PS - There is a like button - it's just to the right... Over here, --> somewhere...LOL)