Originally Posted by BKLD
I'll be honest, at first I balked at the idea (I come from the dog culture, where there are certain ideas of what a breeder should and shouldn't be). But, I suppose it's not a terrible idea if I find some people who are willing to seriously show me the ropes (if anyone thinks I'm wrong with this, please do speak up). It sounds like it'll be very expensive too, which may be a problem. Special education teachers make a decent (not great) salary, but if I budget it may be doable. Maybe.
I understand completely regarding the balking because of coming from a dog culture. Irresponsible dog owners can bring 15 unwanted pups per bitch into the world every year. Are there irresponsible horse breeders? Absolutely.
However, with horses, you might get one baby a year and they aren't like dogs in that most
horse owners are responsible enough to geld so you don't exactly have a mess of stallions running around looking for a mare to breed.
You won't have to worry about your mare getting pregnant unless you want
her to be.
Are there unwanted horse babies out there. Yup. Milk barns everywhere. Again, unlike dogs where you can adopt a mutt and get the best dog ever, it isn't even close to the same with horses. You can have a good dog in 3-6 months, no matter what the breeding (yes, there are bad ones, but few and far between). Milk barn babies are a crap shoot. And three years minimum before you even know if you'll have a horse worth the money you put into it.
If you've caught some of my other posts, you'll know I'm looking for a horse now. I've stated that I want a decent horse and if it's a gelding papers aren't important unless he's competition quality. On a mare, I do want good breeding and papers so that if I do decide to breed again, I can.