Lack of young stock impacting trainers
Sharing Carrots from the AMHA has a link to an article in Saddle & Bridle setting forth the huge impact that the precipitous drop in foals/registrations will have on trainers. ASHA has seen 50plus% drop in registrations. The article quoted 40% of Saddlebreds go into the show ring (seems like a high percent to me, but I have no experience with the ASHA), and the supply is drying up.
This coming problem for trainers was a feature of Steve Kinney’s remarks as referenced in other posts on this blog.
I can appreciate the seriousness of this situation for professional trainers, but I point out that our Morgan horses with their versatility, may be able to withstand the drop-off better than the ASHA. There are a lot of different directions for Morgans to go from Carriage to Wessage to Dressage to Trail.
Anyone out there have a solid number on what percentage of Morgans are “show horses”? At a guess, I would say maybe 10 to 15%.
We have excellent trainers in our breed, and there is a Young Trainers group, but the Saddle & Bridle article paints a grim future for a young trainer starting out. How can we make this work better?