Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
The problem with trying to control things on the breeding side is that horses live 20-30+ years. Some of our current population was bred in the 80s. It is tough to judge demand 25 years out.
I didn't own a horse in 2000, but I heard it was a seller's market back then. How many 10-12 year old horses do we have bred at a time when it looked like limitless homes? BTW - my three are 11-14 years old, bred from 1997-2000, one wild. How many people breeding think about how many horses will be available 15 years later, or care?
The "product" has a very long self life, and most buyers are looking for something under 15. I don't like it, but how many people buy a horse for their daughter when she is 10, and don't know what to do with it when she is 19, in college, and has lost interest in horses? The unhappy reality is that the horse may be 18, have 10+ years of useful riding available, and more years of life - and have very few willing to even consider him.
I don't like slaughter, and I like a lot of horse owners and buyers even less, but I don't see how I can change either.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."