Originally Posted by Squeak
I am just asking a simple, general question because it's not quite clear to me.
What is your specific reason for breeding? I see that you would like a pony that excels in hunters and also can work the farm. You thought about buying a registered mare to breed, but don't have room for another horse AND foal. Why not just buy a hunter pony? Why is breeding so important that you'd consider buying a mare instead of just buying the hunter?
I'm not saying anything in regards to your decision, i'm just not sure I completely understand your reasoning.
I'm terrible at critique but I do like the first boy better.
Wow, this thread is making me sound awful.
Alright, I understand buying a hunter would be easier, or an unbroke horse would make more sense then breeding. Yes, I am willing to buy a horse/foal for these purposes (i.e. Overpopulation, over-filling rescues, etc.).. But I just wanted a critique to see what I was really getting into. I would like to aspire to breed National show horses (leaning towards Welsh or Quarter Horses) - I can't see myself an any other position than doing something in the equine world.. And breeding is just the way I would like to go.
If at 14, I can successfully breed an "undesirable" mare, raise, brake, and train a foal that will be known in the hunter community.. That would be a big step in my career direction. Basically I just want to "try" and toy with the breeding/training/showing world to make sure it's what I want to do..
I know some of you are thinking "breeding is not a game, you cannot bring a life into this world and just have it take up space! You don't know what you are doing, so just stay out of it." -- I don't want that kind of response.
At this point I don't know what else to say without making me sound childish & immature..