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Responsible Horse Breeding : The Humane Society of the United States

Responsible Horse Breeding : The Humane Society of the United States | Equine Breeding (issues and fertility)- Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Breeders—and horse industry organizations that profit from their use of horses—must take an active role in ensuring the horses they've brought into the world are treated humanely.
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In today's society, plenty of horses are being bred but these horses aren't being bred to have as pets and have a place that they call home, they're being bred to be sent to a slaughter house. The U.S. population of horses has increased immensely over the years and about 1% of horses in the U.S. were sent to slaughter houses in the past year. These horses are being abused/used out of pure laziness of the american people because people are too lazy to seperate their pastures or they are just breeding them to breed them and once they reach a certain number, they can't afford them anymore so their only option is to send them to a slaughter house. 

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Bailey Czapko's comment, February 19, 2014 10:14 AM
Horses should be bred for the quality of their "family tree," not for the quality of having as many horses as possible. Bloodlines are a very important piece to the breeding puzzle. Some horses are used for work, some are used for entertainment/companionship, and some are used to ride in competitive events to make a living. Believe it or not, there are people that ride horses for a living and that's why horses should be bred for quality over quantity.
Bailey Czapko's comment, February 21, 2014 8:21 AM
There are many different disciplines that horses can be trained for. Some are more valuable than others and some make more money than others. You should never just breed your horse to breed it. Breed with a purpose.
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Possible Causes of Horse Infertility

Possible Causes of Horse Infertility | Equine Breeding (issues and fertility)- Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
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Horse infertility can take place for many different reasons. Low sperm count has a lot to do with horse infertility and is a big problem in the industry because breeders spend a good bit of money on stud fees and when the horse doesn't take, it could take a huge toll on their production. Ways to prevent this from happening include giving the horse hormone injections and sometimes even using sedatives and surgery will get a mare into foal. Other reasons infertility is caused include, disease or internal reproductive organ abnormalities. Also, overwork and stress puts a toll on the mare or stallions reproductive abilities.

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Bailey Czapko's comment, February 21, 2014 8:19 AM
The grass that horses eat can also cause infertility. If it doesn't have the rich vitamins from good soil it will cause the horse to be infertile. Most people don't put their broodmares in the field for this reason
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Animal Aid: Bred to death

Animal Aid: Bred to death | Equine Breeding (issues and fertility)- Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
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The phrase "bred to death" is used very selectively but is always possible. Stallions that are used to constantly produce semen could be at risk of their health and stability but also could be hurting the mare too. Low sperm count is a huge cause of infertility in mares and stallions that are bred too often are at risk for low sperm count. 

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Bailey Czapko's comment, February 21, 2014 7:13 AM
Another problem with breeding productions is that their gene pool is running narrow. The problem with this is all of the inherited traits that could be good, bad, or indifferent are being passed along so most of the horses are turning out to be pretty similar
Bailey Czapko's comment, February 21, 2014 7:19 AM
The stallions, at this point, are considered to be "semen-producing machines." This is very unhealthy for the stallions especially because they are isolated from all of the horses and their job is solely to impregnate at least three mares per day. They are not allowed to have any contact with other horses and as research shows, the impregnation of three different mares per day can also be a cause of infertility because they can't produce fertile semen that often.
Bailey Czapko's comment, February 21, 2014 7:58 AM
Most people think that breeding horses is a big money, which is often times true if the horses are cared for properly. If there is a surplus of horses being bred, although they may be good horses, someone needs to have the time to work with them for them to be worth anything.