I’ve recently read an article that mentioned the American Quarter Horse Association‘s Full Circle Program. I’m not sure how it works, but I think it’s supposed to help track previously owned horses, thus possibly preventing the throwing away of unwanted horses. It’s a great idea and I would love to read that other breed associations are also providing this service. One very compelling reason for me to stop breeding and selling miniature horses was that I hated losing control over their welfare. No matter how carefully prospective buyers are screened, stuff happens. Every person who bought a horse from me was told that I would appreciate the right of first refusal if they ever needed to sell the horse. I even put it into sales contracts, but it’s not enforceable. I can remember 2 buyers who actually did let me know that they were selling their minis, and although I wasn’t in a position to buy them back, I was able to help find good homes for them. Every horse that was sold from this farm was registered, but I can guarantee that if I look for them via the registry’s stud books, I won’t be able to find most of them. I often wonder about the babies that were born here, and what kind of lives they’ve had. Why don’t people keep them registered? Isn’t it their birthright? Don’t they deserve to have the chain of ownership recorded? I believe they do deserve to have their registration, papers, and heritage stay with them forever. I can’t single handedly make that happen, so I just don’t contribute any more.
March 9, 2013