In another thread a person mentioned thier psycho horse and then blamed the problem on backyard breeders. In the next sentence she said the horse had a severe case of untreated lyme disease. Sounds like the owner was neglectful not the breeder.
Yes, that is me. His name was Rebel. We got him off the farm that he was born and bred on. His owner was his breeder. We got several calls on this boy because he was terribly thin and covered in ticks...the neighbors thought he had only a few days. Im sorry if I offended you by calling him back yard bred when he was back yard bred and raised. He is a prime example of what we see these days. While I dont think that BYB's have singlehandedly put the horse market in the trash, I dont think they are helping. I dont think anyone breeds with high hopes that the horse will go to slaughter...but as you stated, breeding is unpredictable and you never know what you are going to get. A reputable breeder will narrow his chances for a good baby where as a backyard breeder, in my opinion, will breed recklessly for different reasons. The Devil is in your personal definintion. To me, someone who breeds a good quality, registered or not, mare to the same quality stud is not a backyard breeder. Maybe its my area, maybe im biased because of the rescue...either way its all opinion
. The market here isn't too bad. A decent quality registered horse will go for $500 untrained and $1000-1500 basically trained. We still have 'high end' horses going for a pretty penny. But you can pick up half a dozen horses with questionable breeding for $200.
As far as regulation goes, I don't believe in that at all. I think if you want to breed horses, its your call. I am pro-slaughter because it offers all horses a way out other than starvation. The only reason I was mentioning a low cost euthenasia and gelding was strictly my biased opinion that it costs too much to dispose of a horse who needs put down. I think if it was legally acceptable (as it is not in my state) and reasonably affordable, we wouldnt be busting at the seams at the rescue. I think that the government has too much control over our lives to begin with, but i suppose that is a whole other topic.
It all comes back to responsible ownership. Im sure there are great BYBs who take care of their horses and dont over breed. Again, I am biased because I only see the worst. On the other side of the scale, the best horse I ever owned was a 'mutt' and I would give up every registered, well bred horse I have ever owned to have one just like him.
Sorry if in my previous post I got off topic...the rescue is my passion and I think of them all as case studies. Rebel was bred for no reason, abused for no reason and abandoned for no reason. Had he not been sick, he may have made someone a pretty nice horse.
Here he is a few days before the end.