Originally Posted by Faceman
OK - you are snobby.
I hate to tell you, but the person that ran the ad has just as much right to breed as you do, I do, or anyone else does.
While I am an advocate of responsible breeding, I also recognize the right of people to breed what they want. This is one of those "be careful what you wish for" things...no matter how high you think your standards are, there are others with higher standards than yours...how would you like someone to preach to you about what they perceive as YOUR poor breeding standards - or tell you what to wear or what to eat or how to live?
It is incumbent upon those of us that are experienced breeders to educate people and encourage people to breed responsibly - to coerce and nudge them in the right direction. But it is NOT incumbent upon us to "chew them out" - they are within their rights just as much as you.
Oh, and by the way - the amount of a stud fee does not define the quality of a stallion or its suitability for a particular mare. There are lots of perfectly good stallions with very modest stud fees, and there are lots of stallions with high fees that are nothing more than legends in their owners' eyes, a desireable color, or have a champion sire or dam while they themselves are mediocre at best...
I already said the price of the stud fee does not indicate the quality of the stallion and how it will match with a mare. I know all about it. I worked at a breeding barn. However, you also get what you pay for. Chances are if a stallion is $100 stud fee, its not something that should be reproducing.
Now this does not mean that the stallion with the $1000 stud fee is quality either. But there is a chance its going to be a better quality.
The number one thing should be "is this stallion going to better
my mare?" Is his conformational strong points going to better the flaws in my mare? Are his weak spots my mares strong spots? Then it should be temperment and the list goes on.
I don't believe in breeding for the sake of breeding. I don't think you should go grab jo blows stallion and match it with mary lou's mare while neither are suitable for breeding.
I breed for quality. Not because I want a baby out of my super awesome perfect heart horse who I will love for ever and ever!
I say I want to "chew the mare owner out". But it doesn't mean I would email them telling them they are stupid and horrible. IF I were to say anything it would be a nice polite email explaining why this could be considered a bad decision and that if they want a foal to raise and train there are thousands of them out there needing homes and someone to love them.
Oh and btw... I am very well aware of the fact that my standards for breeding would probably be considered low in other peoples eyes. I am also well aware that those who have higher standards then me are probably looking for something completely different. Or they have a better budget. Or heck they could very well be better educated on breeding then I am. But I also know that when I breed I am breeding for a horse that will have use. I am breeding for a horse that, should something come up and I need to sell it, it would have a strong chance at being rehomed a lot easier because it will be bred to be a horse that will have use, will have talent(at least I hope it has talent). There are a million factors that come into place with breeding. But at the end of the day it still boils down to. Don't breed just because you want a baby to play with.