I think that anyone can make a difference when it comes to backyard breeding. We have so many unwanted horses, and so many heading for a nice career to the slaughter house. (That was sarcastic)
Unfortunately it all leads to an overpopulation of horses.
I started a website where anyone can download a PDF file and print it off. It's an article written for backyard breeders. It talks about horses in the sence of money because that's the only language they understand.
I grew up on a farm that bred backyard babies. Every time I think about it it makes me feel sick. I'm wondering how many actually survived after going to the auction. It's really not the life I want for any future horse. To be neglected is worse than slaughter, at least in slaughter the horse dies instantly, but to be an unwanted horse will be a slow painful death. it's not the life a horse should live.
Please take a look, if you have any comments on how I could improve the article, how to make it more convincing, please e-mail your comments or post right here! :)
I didn't read the article but personally I think the term "backyard breeding" is misleading. I think it's fine to breed your horse in your backyard if you really love the horses you are breeding, and intend to keep the baby or have a good use for it. I think breeding just cause you don't care about keeping a stallion with a mare is not okay. I also think horse overpopulation can be blamed just as much on the big time breeders. Yeah, sure they have good pedigrees and such, but what good is a gazzilion really good horses going to do if you can't sell them all to good owners. I think horses should only be bred if there's a good reason to and you have an owner who is ready to commit for life to the foal. It doesn't matter whether you do it in you backyard or on a big business ranch. As long as you do it responsibily.
Fugly Horse of the Day. That's all I'm saying.
I don't even want to start this again....... :roll: :wink:
Yeah, this sounds like it could be really bad!
BUT here's my 2 cents.... there is a breeder in my area, not naming names here...but they breed garbage horses to garbage horses to get what? Garbage horses. Then they sell them all off to auction and keep their "good" work. By garbage horses, I mean that he breeds mothers to sons, sisters to brothers etc. for color. They are all inbred, have poor conformation and are prone to sickness and all, plus the arab in them makes them look a little flashy when they run so people go nuts and buy them because they have no idea where they're coming from or their pedigree or anything. It sucks, but none of the horses are neglected from feet or food or anything, so no one can shut them down. One of my friends bought a horse from a friend without researching the breeder and when I finally told them that's where their horse was coming from.....well.. she was surprised to say the least!
Mass producing horses for profit shouldn't happen, esp if the horses are not decent in the first place,but what drives people? Money and power...in this situation at least, just money.
Overbreeding is a HUGE problem. It's so easy to go buy a nice weanling, for the price it is to breed a crappy horse to a crappy horse, especially right now. I hate the idea of slaughter, but right now it's necessary, and it's our fault.
Yes overbreeding is a HUGE problem, but if you tell people to stop breeding those horses they bite your head off and go breed more. In my opinion breeding a horse just becuase you "love" them isn't a good reason. I would never make my horse get raped just for a foal (just my opinion) but you can't tell people not to breed there horses. :roll:
I just think of it this way - if there was no cross breeding there wouldn't be all the great breeds we have today. If there was no backyard breeding I wouldn't have Blu and have had some of the horses I did in the past.
This is exactly why I do not want to start this again, sorry.
This is a very sensitive subject for me, as I've lost my mare due to problems with her pregnance after she was virtually "backyard bred". I was yelled at for that, and then for keeping my stallion who had not yet shown signs of hormones at that point, with a mare and her foal. They told me I shouldn't keep him with anything that could get pregnant and I was overpopulating the horse world. Quite honestly, my stallion only wanted to play with the foal. I was on the other side of the country when this all happened and really had no control over it. My family and friends were doing the best they could with the situation. These girls on this other forum treated me like crap when I was at the height of my grief. I think people need to be more sensitive when it comes to that and realize there are situations where it's okay. I agree that if you want another horse try to adopt or rescue an unwanted one. But people get too uptight with their ideas and opinions and there's no room for any variants to situations.
As I've said, as long as the foal that's being bred is going to be well cared for "backyard breeding" is no worse than large breeding farms that breed top quality horses. If you're going to argue against over population due to backyard breeders, you need to understand it's also due to top quality show horses that are bred.
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