if the "rescue" owned and bred Spots in '08 for those '09 foals and bred again for the 2010 foal. Guess is that breeding problems popped up or the market for the '09 foals was not as expected.
Regardless, if horses were bred to be brokered/sold by a rescue who represented foals as rescued foals, I do consider it a scam. If ex- PMU farms still have a business arrangement with a rescue to sell their foals, the rescue is deceiving the public to represent them as rescues. If a rescue bred them - more so.
It can be a thin line. Brokering is a business - serves a purpose.
Unfortunately the sub-par cycle continues. I briefly knew of a PMU 'adopter' of a colored stud colt. He presented the colt to AWB and merely got papers - no stallion potential rating - not good enough. He bred the stallion a few times and readily sold the colored foals. I don't know if he continues to breed. So the cycle is often perpetuated by 'adopters' too. How many mare adopters immediately want to breed the poor quality mares - looking for free or very cheap stud fees as they can't afford more.
Some adopted horses are amazing and purchased at bargain prices. Some of the ranch horses you've posted about that were up for auction sound like the much sought after safe, sound family horse so many seem to be looking for here. Don't know if anyone ever had you get one for them.
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