Our Featured Video selections here on HorseChannel.com 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.