Whoa!!! Unless I miss understood you I am greatly offended. I have three mares as of right now. All my mares are very well bred. I don't have many horses so yes I am a small breeder, NOT and irresponsible BYB. I have many friends that are small breeders and sell very well show horses that go national. Just because you are a small breeder, doesn't mean you have junk. Just one of my mares is worth $20,000 or more. She has siblings worth over ten times that much and sell for that over seas. She comes from good stock. Her sire is Botswana. Look him up and tell me if I have junk.
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You misunderstood me, and I apologize. I know great animals come from small farms, and I never said they didn't. Hell, I've known of more show-winning, sport-winning animals coming from little breeders than big ones, where the animals get lost in the mess.
I probably should've worded my post better. I approve
of "small" breeders! I think it's great, and I do it myself (just not with horses; I do NOT know enough about them to try that yet!).
I was saying that a lot of people these days think poorly of small breeders, and think only crazed, half-breed, deformed animals come from them; this is not
I've heard people say they'd rather buy from a petstore than get a "backyard breeder".
Here, I was not reffering to logical
people. I'd rather buy from a small breeder (even if it WASN'T one of the good ones), than a petstore. I did, however, have a friend that when given the choice between a small breeder and a store, chose the store. No, I'm not kidding.
Later on, I was saying people expect too much from any
breeder. No, you shouldn't breed for fun, or for the cute babies, or without expecting costly vet bills and the possibility of heartache. On the last forum I went to (which I left, because of the quality of the posters; none of them believed in disciplin, or at-home treatments, or even possibly breeding; they were a small step down from crazed PETA members), people were being scolded for breeding animals if both parents weren't registered, thoroughly vet checked (every possible test run, every genetic disorder checked for), and the person didn't already have a purcheaser lined up and an idea of what to do with the young (as in, a show plan).
Right now, I own two mares and two studs; I'd never be stupid enough to let them run together, without the intention of breeding them. My donkey has goats, the young stud will stay with the geldings. If I plan to breed them, it won't be to my mares; in fact, I only keep them intact because I've got friends who are interested in using them for stud later; not so they can sell the resulting young, but so they can keep whatever they get.
I didn't mean this rudely. I meant this in response to another poster, whom I should've quoted; they said something along the lines of many BYBs just letting stallions run with mares. I didn't mean this rudely; I simply was saying, I don't approve of just throwing animals together and seeing what happens.
Again, I'm sorry if I seemed rude. I didn't mean to, and I do not disapprove of small-scale breeders in the least.