I support the idea of a stallion grading system. I'm not saying that every male horse should be subjected to a test and then gelded if they don't pass. However, I believe that if a stallion could have some kind of grading done that certifies him with his breed registry or whatever, that could be added to his 'resume' and I believe that, over time, with increased education of the masses on this subject, such a certification would become a major factor in the potential breeders choice of stallion. I don't think it's right that a horse should be allowed to be registered just because his parents are. There are so many horses out there that the owner slaps on the registry initials on his sale/stud ad, and that gives the novice buyer/back yard breeder some falsified idea of grandeur for this horse.
You may think that this will drive the price up on horses. I kind of think that if you don't have the money to be able to save enough over a matter of months, then you probably don't have the money to support the horse for the rest of his life. Think about it. Let's say you're able to save $200 per month. After 5 months, you could buy a $1000 horse. If you're not able to put aside $150-$200 per month, what makes you think you're going to be able to afford a horse month-to-month?
I think one issue is the lack of knowledge for most novice horse owners. They may think, oh I've got a mare that I can't ride because of (injury/lack of training/etc.). I know! I'll breed her. So they look at ads find a stallion in the colour/breed they like, see the little $200-$500 price tag of this 'inferior' stallion and think, I can afford that much! Or "That's way cheaper than buying an adult horse!" And then nevermind the added costs of a pregnant mare for 11 months, or the added costs of a foal that they have to maintain for 2-3 years before they can even think about starting to train them to ride.
However, I think the bigger issue is those huge breeders that pump out foal after foal. There is no way that those foals are going to have the training they need to make them viable pleasure riding animals. It's just not possible for those breeders to give each individual foal the time. And then those foals don't sell because they aren't as well trained as the foal in the next pen over at the auction.
Anyway, that was long, and I'm not sure I really added to much to the argument but I felt the need to express my opinion. Thanks for reading if you managed to get through it.