Shouldn't you be rescuing?
I know this is a section on breeding, but I think this also falls into this category. With all of the NICE nurse mare foals* created by the Thoroughbred Racing industry, why is anyone breeding? While you're breeding another baby, a nurse mare foal is on a cramped trailer to Mexico or Canada for slaughter. This just isn't right.
*Nurse Mare foals are often Draft or stock-type (Quarter Horse, Paint, etc) mares crossed to a Thoroughbred stallion. For more information on Nurse Mare Foals, click here.
Hmm. This is weird to me. We bred out mares with a foal at side/nearby. These were expensive/valuable racehorses.
Regardless though, I think adopting is a great idea. I don't think it needs to take the place of breeding. I think if you are breeding high quality, in demand horses, good for you. However adoption/buying/rescu/etc should take the place of breeding poor quality/no demand horses.
Have to agree with Spastic. Breeding good quality, registered, well conformed horses is fine; in fact, it is a must for nearly every show and many working industries. However, many people who just want a horse to have a horse would do well with a rescue. Rescues and adoptions fit my needs perfectly because I am saving a life and I don't really need a specific type or breed of horse. Almost any horse can be taught to do and withstand the type of ranch/trail work that I do but if I were into racing, cutting, reining, jumping, dressage, etc., then I would want a horse that was bred for it and would win.
Not all of my horses are rescue's but a good amount of the horses that I have ever owned have been rescues. I still own one rescue (he's got a GREAT personality, but will never be a show horse) my reining/show horses are bred to their specific job and I wouldn't settle for anything less.
I don't think that breeder should stop, just taken more seriously. Only breed horse that in excell in the events they are breed for.
What I find curious about this thread is the request for other people not to breed to take up the slack for the Thoroughbred Racing Industry's need for nurse mares. You should be preaching to the TB Racing Industry to lessen the use of nurse mares.
After having worked on a large TB racing facility in KY, I saw some HIDES being bred. "Yeah, this mare tries to kill the baby." "This mare comes from a long line of maneaters." "This mare never amounted to much on the track, and we have ten other mares bred very similar to her, but we breed her anyway because surely out of 30 babies, we'll get something that will make us money."
There are very few reasons in my mind that nurse mares should be necessary.
Wow?! Really? That's bad as well.
It's unfortunate that we should ever have to pick up the slack for bad breeding, but either we do or the meat guy does. In Alberta at the fall auctions you see about 100+ foals per sale (A sale every two weeks) plus an auction mart about ever 100+miles or so. It truly is pathetic that people breed just to kill...really, that's what they are doing.
I think it should be my choice.
I'm not a selfish person, I have rescued horses, dogs, and cats. my dogs have always been mutts (save for one scottish terrier bought back in the 80's by my parents). My cats are all pound kitties or strays. My first few horses were abuse or neglected cases.
I bred my mare. I have a wonderful baby out of her. He's a registered QH. I never had a horse with papers before. I wanted papers. I love my horse, and not just because he has papers. He's what I wanted. I could have adopted, I could have "saved" one from an auction, I wanted one with papers. Don't I have that right? Why should I feel guilty for wanting a well-bred papered horse? I offer a helping hand when I can, I even donate money. Shouldn't that be enough?
I bought a dog 2 summers ago. He's a collie, with papers. I've always wanted one and I love him dearly. Why should every animal I own come from a pound or a rescue? Why can't I have a pure bred dog? I help when I can... I donate when I can.
I think it should be MY choice.
I always said that If I had the money I'd ship some 30 rescue horses over to the UK. Good times when I thought anything was possible.
I'm pretty sure the horse world over there is big? What about a petition to have the breeding regulated.
I know what I'd do if I moved to America..
Buy OTTB's or one's in feedlots and auctions and train them into riding horses/eventers.
I do agree that rescuing should take the place of poor breeding.
I also think if the American horseworld joined up with the British horseworld and came down on these TB breeders we'd get a result.
It's a long shot. But clubs set up to reward good breeding and the anti racehorse breeding club would work.
If in doubt make a club that's what I always say ^^
If we ask for regulation, then we lose our choice. As Farmpony said, I will second. I want to be able to choose whether or not I breed my mares or rescue. Who would tell us what horses have bloodlines worthy enough to breed? The only people who know good working lines in horses are the people that work them and show them. Some bloodlines other people may not like, while someone else does. Neither are wrong if both horses are quality animals.
If we ask for regulation, then we are going to have someone who may or may not know anything about the type of horse we are working with tell us how we should go about our practices.
Regulation is not the answer. Education is.
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