Breeding animals of any kind requires a combination of dedication, experience and skill.
Breeders need to be capable of capturing the fine balance between maintaining the pedigree value of the breed without tampering too much with the power of genetics. The breeder will have to be entirely confident in the knowledge that they have brought together a set of “parents” who will be capable of producing the highest quality stock that will produce first class examples of the breed they are perpetuating.
Breeding miniature horses as a hobby can be fun as well as a way of making sure that, at least around the breeder’s family and friends, there will be a constant source of this friendly pet. One has to bear in mind that people who breed miniature horses just for pets, need to provide the proper environment for them to live. There are not many people who can provide this kind of environment and for that reason most people who breed miniature horses do so to make profit.
People who breed miniature horses professionally do not do move into this business on a sudden impulse. They chances are that they will have some kind or background that involves horses or breeding and at some stages the two pieces have come together, to create a miniature horse breeder.
Breeding miniature horses, under the best possible scenario, is not a license to print money. The pitfalls are many, the market has it limits and there is a thin line between success and failure. For that reason you will find that there a few relatively successful miniature horse breeders spread around the World, and many more who have faded into the annals of miniature horse breeding with their fingers slightly burnt.
As in any business, in the business of breeding miniature horses, success brings more success. If a breeder has gained a strong reputation over the years for breeding healthy, well developed foals that have been well taken care of, their reputation will be such that buyers will go looking for them. Especially in these times where the internet has reduced all the geographical barriers that once were. Professional breeders, who have achieved this kind of reputation, will be capable of selling their foals fairly quickly, thus preventing the necessity for feed and care till a buyer comes along. These costs will fairly rapidly cause that foal to become an on cost and its profit value will depreciate from day to day.
These are the reasons that there are very few successful breeders and many more who have failed to succeed. Another key to success for a miniature horse breeder is to have their own breeding stock, and not to farm out their breeding. These factors affect the profitability of the exercise considerably, and again breeders who do not have the capability to produce a regular flow of top quality foals “in house” will also find it difficult to compete. If anyone were to ask what is the secret in breeding miniature horses the answer would need to be dependant on whether they are being bred for pleasure or profit. There is a very strong difference between the two.