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RE: [RC] [RC] [RC] What the? breedingstock? working stock?) - heidi

So it's not so much working stock vs. breeding stock as it is breeding stock
= working stock but working stock doesn't always = breeding stock (assuming
you're ignoring non-genetic defects and injuries and stuff that might render
an otherwise good horse unable to perform).

Bingo!  That's it in a nutshell.

Or at least that's the way it should be. And that's the problem. Breeding
stock SHOULD have the aptitude for performance and, preferrably, be proven
in the showring/on the track/etc... provided the horse is free of defect or
injury. But somehow people got it in their heads that if a horse can't
perform it's only good for breeding, as if breeding is something that should
be saved as a last resort for an otherwise useless horse.

Precisely.  Just because somebody breeds an "empty uterus" does not make the 
mare in question suitable "breeding stock."

Am I hitting even close to the mark there?

As Henry Higgins would say, "By George, I think she's got it!"

Heidi

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