Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel
There are already good horses out there. You cannot help people further, I promise you.
From my understanding horse breeding is an expensive process.. I wouldn't consider it a money maker from what you have right now.
I very much agree with you, but let's play devil's advocate.
THEORETICALLY, proper veterinary science is a relatively new thing, right?
So technically speaking, if the horse had plenty of nutrition (through grass and hay supplement at least in Winter), the horse could come out ok with a field breeding and birth. Isn't that what "horses in the wild" do? And a lot of backyard bred horses too?
I'm guessing that is what would be banked on here. (Even in nature, of course, plenty of births go sadly wrong, but hey, let's ignore that for now).
Either way, I'll say this:
Ashley, let's say you breed your horse, and nothing goes wrong, and she lives, and the baby lives. Let's even say you do it more than once and you get 2 or 500 dollars for the baby! Whoohoo, right? Until you find out that the new baby is living exactly how your friend tells you that a horse is ok to be living, no hay and green filled water and all!
And then what happens when you can't sell the baby and you can't afford to feed two horses?
Or even worse, when the baby is a boy, you don't sell it in time and it doesn't get gelded in time, and it breeds its own mom?
You do know that because people can't afford a LUXURY like horses, a lot of horses are going for slaughter?
They are going for dog food, people food and zoo food, all because there are too many of them, too few people who can afford them, and because horses live a really, really long time. That means that one of Princess Barbie's babies, like other horses in this economy, has a fair chance of going to a slaughterhouse.
To give you an idea, I got my latest "rescue" from the Auction house around here. The lady was a breeder. I paid 40 bucks for this horse that can be REGISTERED. Her other baby didn't go for even that...he went for $10 bucks, and probably went to the meat truck.
I don't think you want to risk breeding your horse for $10 or even $50 bucks.
It's something to think about.