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Re: [RC] To bred or not to bred - Heidi Smith

I feel pretty confident in my views on
"generalist vs specialist" and what sells as babies that
goes on year after year excelling in the event(s) they were
bred for. So on this topic I will simply say I agree that
we disagree! :)

Penny, right now you are right that in the stock world, specialist babies
sell.  It is later, as adults, that they go to the canners.  It is the
generalists that can re-sell and re-sell, and find homes again when they are
12, or 15, or 20.  And it IS the generalists that can do all things
well--you will not find the specialists doing other sports.  (Keep in mind
that some sports REQUIRE generalists--including endurance and dressage--and
to some degree, stock work.)  And yes, we will have to agree to
disagree--I've vetted at auction yards and horse sales, and spent most of my
professional life dealing with stock breed clients--many of whom were on the
top of their game, so to speak.  And I've personally watched those same
horses go for dog food prices that you claim don't go for that.  I had one
client in particular who could just about recite the QH stud book forward
and back who shopped those sales and picked up mares from the lines you
named for peanuts--sometimes $500 or less--and brought them home and bred
them--and raised some darn nice foals.  And yes, he could sell the babies.
The stock breed folks like to buy babies to speculate.  Just as the TB
yearlings often command a pretty good price.  But go stand at the auctions
and watch the ones in the prime of life go to the killer buyers!  One of the
killer buyers in my area also did a little training on the side, and would
sometimes get those horses out of the auction and tune them up a bit and
sell them as riding horses, too.  He was also a client of mine from time to
time, so I had a pretty good idea what he got and what he did with it.  I'm
not arguing with you over what you may be able to sell as babies.  But
you're mistaken if you think all those horses of that sort of breeding
continue to retain their value throughout their life.  How many stock breed
breeders do you know that will let their babies come back for resale later
in life?

Again, I'd point out that it is breeding the generalist horse that has put
Arab programs such as Al-Marah on the map for 50+ years.  And it wasn't
until the Arab show breeders started to breed specialists that the Arab
breed started to go downhill in the public eye.

In any event, feel free to disagree--but do look around you at the PMU farms
and the low end sales and the killer pens across the country, and look at
the pedigrees of the horses there, before you tell me that those horses
aren't there.  Because they are.


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[RC] To bred or not to bred, sharp penny