its not just thoroughbreds, the standardbreds have a big role here as well (and I know it doesnt apply here, but greyhounds too) there are also so many people out there that breed and "do it for the love" I'm sorry, but what is "Love" when you end up with a horse with 2 heads, and five legs that you cant sell, ends up being give away for practically nothing, and eventually finds its way to the knackers. people need to take the emotional side out of breeding. 90% of people out there, would NEVER EVER in a million years, be able to Live off an income strictly from breeding horses. classic example from one of my work 'mates' "well, we tried to put said mare in foal, but she slipped. So the wife said for me to take her to the doggers" RIGHT. So you're trying to tell me a mare that you think is worthy enough to breed from, to continue the pedigree and produce a racing animal, is not worthy enough to keep for a year til next breeding season? makes me feel very sad.