The reason the horse market is in the toilet is because there is no outlet for unwanted or unusable horses as a result of the government sticking its nose where it doesn't belong. It sickens me when I hear people saying that breeding should be regulated and euthanasia subsidized by the government. Those are MY tax dollars too. I want them to stay the hell out of my business and your business too. I would not support taxes on stallions or on bred mares or anything else.
I agree with you Kevin, although I wouldn't mind if someone opened a low-cost euthanasia clinic. Not a government subsidized clinic, but one where the vets donate their time and supplies, the way they do for the no or low-cost spaying and neutering clinics.
The term 'backyard breeder' has become synonymous with crappy, fugly animals, whether they're dogs, cats, horses, chinchillas, etc., which I think is unfortunate.
I've known several small breeders who produce lovely, conformationally correct, sound, sane animals. They also don't do more than one or two breedings a year, and some years they do none because of the economy and its effects on the buying public.
I consider people like that small
breeders, not the pejorative 'backyard breeders'.
I intensely dislike when someone breeds for all the wrong reasons, because it stains the reputations of the truly serious, careful small breeders who know their market and when they should or shouldn't bring another creature into the world.