Prefer to listen to this post?
Not so long ago, you needed to have a licence to keep a stallion in the UK and if a stallion/colt didn’t have a license by a certain age, they had to be gelded. With the UK currently over populated with poor quality horses, maybe this is something which needs to be considered.
I personally think that people should need a license to breed (and own) any animal in the UK. This would prevent many welfare issues which stem from owners being able to breed their animals no matter their genetic merit.
Another hate of mine is people keeping their stallions entire when they have no intention to breed or have no worth as a breeding animal. Many yards do not have the facilities to have stallions, which is therefore asking for trouble. If a similar license was introduced where stallions had to be gelded if requirements were not met, there would be less cases of accidental foals.
Any introduction of breeding licenses or law changes would be hard to set up and enforce. However, I really think they would make a huge difference to many of the welfare problems in the UK.
What do you think about the idea of breeding licenses?