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Featured Video: Do You Need to Breed?

Is overbreeding really a problem in the horse industry? World Horse Welfare looks at the impact of "just one foal."

July 19, 2013

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Our Featured Video selections here on tend to skew towards the humorous, the absurd and the adorable. But this week, we're featuring a more serious topic: overbreeding. British charity World Horse Welfare (WHW) recently released this short video as part of their "Do Your Need to Breed" campaign targeted at horse owners who might be thinking about breeding a foal.

How much harm can one or two additional foals do? According to WHW, small-scale or amateur breeders, those who breed between one and five foals, add twice as many horses to the equine population as large-scale breeders. And each one of those foals, even if kept in a loving home, displaces an existing horse from the pool of available homes. These statistics are based on United Kingdom numbers, but anyone who follows the news here in the U.S. knows that we've got the same problem on this side of the pond.

It's something worth thinking about and passing along to your horse-owning friends who might be toying with the idea of breeding. And next week, we'll be sure to get back to our regularly scheduled silliness.

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Marion    Sussex, NJ

2/21/2018 3:54:48 AM

Breeding should be left up to the big time breeders of the industry and back yard people need to think twice about it! Yes foals are cute, but they are a lot of work!

Briana    Honey Brook, PA

10/3/2013 2:43:36 PM

Good advice...

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

7/21/2013 11:58:08 PM

Good advice.

Donna Lee    Lakeside, ON

7/21/2013 3:56:39 AM

Excellent video, Please stop and think first.

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