Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I just wanted to bring up the point that there are back yard bred, ugly, mutt horses out there that will have a better chance in the open market than some well bred horses. I say this because training, disposition, care, and overall upbringing can play a huge role in the desirability of a horse.
Obviously I am not saying this is always, or even often the case, but it is one of the ways things may play out, and should be considered when ridiculing people for breeding their backyard horses for some sentimental reason. There are people out there who plan to raise the foal and keep it....they put effort and knowledge into raising and training it...and if their circumstances change, they work hard to place it well, but they have no problems doing that because it is a great kids horse/4H horse/family horse/trail horse/beginners horse, etc.
Then there are those huge ranches with really high quality stock, that put out more foals each year than they ever have any intention of working with or keeping (in hopes of getting that next superstar horse). Some of these foals will end up with socialization issues, attitude problems, and lack of training, and may spend much of their lives being shuffled from one place to another...possibly meeting the much undesirable end associated with the backyard bred horse.
Again, I am not saying what I described is the majority situation, but it must be considered because it does happen. Not all situations fit the overall issue in the market, and there are responsible people out there who are undeservedly being persecuted as a result of it all.
That all being said, I think with the problems of today's horse market, people need to educate themselves and do the research before deciding to breed their horses (registered or not). I also think it is the responsibility of every horse owner and breeder to properly train or pay for proper training of their horses to give them every chance at a good life should they need to be sold. I also think in general it is better to breed good quality, registered horses or at least marketable mixes...but there are exceptions to every generality.
anyhoo, that is my 2 cents on the overall topic...if someone has been educated by her site enough to prevent a bad situation for some horse, she has done some good - despite the fact that she can be very tactless, and that people (myself included) certainly don't agree with everything she has to say.