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RE: [RC] Advice on a stallion wanted - Carrie Kitley-Jackson

Very well said, Heidi.  While I can readily see both sides of this very touchy issue, I have also thought of breeding my mare because she is SO precious to me and has amazing bloodlines and a very endearing personality.  However, I have not jumped right into this yet as I also see that there are so many unwanted horses out there.  If I had the land/finances, I would start my own sanctuary.  I now own one of those "unwanted" ones as well and he has a very happy home for the rest of his days. 
At the risk of sounding REALLY off my rocker, I can sort of liken breeding your favorite horse to having grandchildren.  :)

~Carrie  <\_~
              // \\
"The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears." 
~ Old Arabian Proverb


--- On Tue, 9/9/08, heidi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <heidi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
From: heidi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <heidi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: [RC] Advice on a stallion wanted
To: grannynhorses@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: jspoone@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 1:24 PM

>Well, considering that we are now in times difficult enough that
people are giving away good horses, turning them loose and even
putting them to sleep, why, I wonder would you want to BREED another

Um, maybe because she wants one that possesses the traits that SHE

Horses are individuals, with inborn traits and personalities, and are
not interchangeable like mechanical things.  No matter how many horses
are being dumped or given away, it is still often hard to find ones that
meet one's own criteria.  

Today's breeding trends have been to breed away from the sorts of riding
traits that many of us want--and as such, I don't blame people for
wanting to breed for their own use, if they have a mare that has the
qualities they want.

I don't mean to make light of the problem of overbreeding--but it is
just as short-sighted not to breed at all.


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RE: [RC] Advice on a stallion wanted, heidi