If the breed is overpopulated, it is overpopulated . . . . . and IMO that means that the person who breeds one or two foals a year is just as at fault as the person who breeds 10 or 20. The person who is breeding quality horses is just as at fault as the person ho breeds pets. If you think that the problem is a big one(which I would say is more than 75% of this forum) then I'd say you should stop breeding all together. Because when you say "The breed is over populated, stop breeding so much" in one thread, and then "My mare is due this month" in another, that makes you a hypocrite, plain and simple! Its not exactly logical for you to preach to someone else not to breed, and then tell everyone about the pregnant mares you own. IMO the problem is not that there are too many minis, so I have no problem with people breeding sound and healthy horses, keeping stallions, or selling for low prices. I think the problem is owners who make bad choices and can't care for their animals, or owners that neglect or abuse their animals. That's why there are so many horses in shelters, that's why there are so many cruelty and neglect cases. Breeding less horses is not going to keep these people from owning minis, so the problem would still remain, even if you cut the equine population in half. What many people here anticipate as the result of less breeding is that all the good homes will still have their horses and the bad ones won't, the bad ones will be where the difference comes from. This just isn't true and makes no logical sense what soever. Let's say everyone gelds, so now unfit owners don't have access to stallions to breed their unsound mares to, well they still want a horse. So instead of breeding one they buy a cheap pet mini or adopt from a shelter. Well they are still unfit owners, so now instead of breeding a mini and being an unfit owner they buy or adopt one, and now they bought or adopted one which will likely eventually end up back in a shelter or sold cheaply again, to another unfit owner. It is not the mini horse that is overpopulated, it is the STUPID, UNEDUCATED, ABUSIVE, NEGLECTFUL, AND IGNORANT, owners that are overpopulated. So instead of focusing all of the energy on telling good, responsible, homes that they shouldn't breed, why don't you focus that energy on using your knowledge and experience to help someone understand how to be more responsible, and how to give their minis a better home. Irresponsible breeding is only a fraction of the problem and yet that is the only part anyone here seems to be focusing on, and they take it too far by telling good horse owners that they shouldn't breed because their horses are inferior. NOT EVERYONE HAS TO HAVE A GOAL OF ALWAYS MAKING THE BREED BETTER. THIS BREED S NOT JUST FOR THE ELITE. SOME PEOPLE JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THEIR ANIMALS. A cowhocked horse, or a horse with a big head, or one clubbed foot, or a stocky build, or a neck that is a little short, can be perfectly sound and very appropriate for what an individual wants to do with it, and they are not destroying their breed. If anything, they are making more horses affordable to the "just for fun" enthusiast so the average joe doesn't have to buy your $5000 dollar horse only to have it as a family pet. Maybe that is what your worried about?