Yes, for those of you of a (ahem) certain age, I am quoting from Pogo. And yes, WE (collectively...both experienced and the newbies) are the enemy when it comes to the state of the miniature horse industry today. NOT because of so-called "over breeding" but because of POOR PLANNING in breeding. On another social media, there was a post about the need to know pedigrees in dogs...and I quote: "Pedigrees are more important than names on a piece of paper. To top breeders, pedigree analysis is more important than DNA because a top breeder can "read" genetic soundness." It may have been posted on a dog site, but it is true for the miniature horse breeder too. Breeding a mare that is "cute" but cheap with poor quality genetics to a stallion that is cheap and poor quality genetics is NO DIFFERENT than allowing your female dog to run loose and be bred to whatever mutt happens into your yard!! And you know what happens in the dog-world....those pups end up being given away or disposed of...and that is what happens in the miniature horse world. In the wrong hands, that cheap, poorly conformed mare will continue to spew out a foal every year that will serve no purpose and could likely end up being abused/neglected when the "romance" of having that little horse wears off. FOR THE NEWBIE - PLEASE...before you go looking for a pet for your kids and decide to get that cute filly because "we might want to have our kids experience having a new foal" (never mind that the filly has a parrot-mouth, crooked legs, etc.) get a gelding. LEARN about how to give TOP QUALITY care. If you don't have any experience with horses, LEARN from your horse and from others that can teach you. And definitely do NOT get a stallion for your kids if you don't have any experience. GET A GELDING...a stallion has one thing on his brain when he reaches a certain age and it certainly isn't listening to someone who doesn't know what they are doing. As yourself - these little horses live a LONG time (many times over 25 years)...ARE YOU READY FOR THAT KIND OF COMMITMENT?? FOR THE BREEDER - PLEASE...before you sell to that newbie - make sure they are getting the best "fit" for their circumstances. If they come to you wanting a pet, for the animal's sake please don't sell them an intact colt because 9 times out of 10, it will end up being dumped at an auction or sold to someone down the street when it gets to be too much for them to handle. If they know nothing...for pete's sake, don't sell them a mare 'because they might want a foal some day'. Steer them in the direction of a quiet, well trained gelding, and give them written instructions on care, feeding, and stabling/exercise needs of that horse. OK - off my soapbox. Fire away!