Generic question about breeding.
Genuinely interested in why people, especially those with multiple mares/stallions breed.
I have bred a few foals, I had a very nice Haflinger Stallion, and some very good mares, and I put a few foals on the ground. I was looking to breed what I liked, a good riding Haflinger, around 14.2hh, solid, not drafty solid, but good old fashioned Haflingers. I quickly decided a few things though:
I have no interest in doing all the research needed to know all the bloodlines.
There are few places up here to showcase young Haflingers to get the name known.
The foals that I bred were really nice foals and sold well, but I always worried about their future.
Like most people I have limited time and resources, so I couldn't keep my youngsters and start them as I would like to, and found myself not enjoying my horse life, trying to make sure the mares were broken at least green broke, to ensure their future, and that the foals were halter broke etc, well it stopped being fun and I quit.
I now have one Arab mare here who is worthy of breeding, she has shown, her mother has shown, she has siblings that have done well in the show ring. I have an awesome stallion picked out for her, but I just can't do it. I have no need for another foal, and looking at the prices for Arabs up here, the Prairies have no need of more Arabs, so why would I breed?
For those of you who are breeding, hobby or business? If it's a business how do you make money out of it? What is it about your program that makes you 'special' or makes you carry on?
LOL, there is also the small fact that I am (nearly) ashamed to admit, of all the beautiful, correct, registered Haflingers I put on the ground my favorites? Two grade foals, one deliberate breeding, my Haflinger X Arab, who I hope will be my future riding horse, and my whoopsie foal, Draft x Haflinger, who is an awesome big dude, and interestingly enough sold for more than the registered stock!