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        08-09-2012, 12:30 PM
    Also keep in mind that many children have the attention span of a gnat....for weeks or months they want to ride then they don't. As they grow they develop other hobbies, friends, likes, etc. If you feel you have to have a foal for him to learn on or to bond with, go buy one that needs a good home. That way you won't be bringing yet another equine into the world, you will be helping one and all will be well.

    Breeding is a crap shoot and as FeatheredFeet said, there has been a larger number than not of lost or aborted foals and or the dam dying as well. At the age of this mare you are possibly going to get, you will need to do a full health check, uterine check, all sorts of fun stuff that will run you into money.
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        08-09-2012, 12:54 PM
    If I'm not mistaken this is Gypsy from Operation Horse Rescue, she is 20. I do believe as well that in their contract it states a no breeding policy, just a head's up. Almost any rescue I'm sure has this policy.
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        08-09-2012, 12:54 PM
    Thank you Lizzie.
    I was a bit horrified at what people seemed to be thinking my motives were and then the reactions.

    I understand what you are saying and you are right. She will have a good home here and her behavior will dictate the path we take. She definitely deserves more than she has and has had in the recent year (the rescue is doing a great job).

    I do know that for now she tends to follow me around her corral and allows me to handle her. As for my friend she wont let my friend near her. So, I am pretty comfy at this point with bringing her home. She also likes my son and follows him around too. I think this seems like an important first step--determining if the horse has interest in you personally. If this is not important please lemme know.

    As for pics, I will have to email you some. I only seem to be able to post a URL link and I apparently do that wrong.

    If you can PM me your email, I can send you some pics.

    I have tried figuring out her brand and the closest I have come is a possible former PMU mare because of the numbering on her left hip. I am going to visit her shortly at the rescue and will take a pic of the brand and send that as well.

    And for the rescue, there are three other families (for a total of four counting us) that are interested as well..a type of co-op rescue. Three are horse trainers (western, dressage and jumping (?)), another is a rodeo guy, team roper and farrier. So I think the combination of skills would be good. Also we have a CPA and a professional grant writer, as well as myself (that is a newbie, but has the love and business skills). We are looking at land nearby that is non mountainous (as we have mountain properties) and not too far away (within 15 miles) and focusing on a surrender-rescue.

    Thank you again.
        08-09-2012, 01:02 PM
    Just to say a few key points. For 1 this mare is already at a rescue and gets tons of love. For 2 she is 20 yrs old and has already had foals so saying she might like to raise a baby is not right. Also if you run a rescue then you know that there are hundreds of abused and sick horses that need good homes. Why would you inquire about her worth or a potential foals worth if you plan to keep them. Where I come from all adoptions come with strict rules and 1 of them is that the animal cannot be bred. Don't you think there are enough unwanted horses in the world without adding to the problem? There are about 200 of us who strive to help care for the horses where this mare is. I don't think any of us would agree with what you want to do with her.
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        08-09-2012, 01:03 PM
    To annonel.

    Her age is of question and the range given is the result of four people looking at her. I was thinking of a foal for my son to raise and bond with. But, I see where that may not work out.

    She is intended as a pet for me to ride and perhaps cart-train if she is willing. Again, there is an assumption that my motives are bad, when really they are just questions. As for her value I am curious as to why she was branded if she did not mean something to someone at one point, and how she ended up in a rescue she stolen? If so I would like to find the former owner and perhaps legally transfer her. There is the possibility if she was stolen the former owner may want her back, which can be contended with.

    I was thinking that perhaps she could contribute to some of her foals' pedigree if she was registerable. I was told her foal sold for 3K, which seemed weird to me and a lot of money, and then I wonder why no one has adopted her.

    I have been told she was breedable. I am here to learn. Nothing else. And my intent is to give her a loving home and perhaps unravel her past for personal interest purposes.
        08-09-2012, 01:05 PM
    I give up. No one is helping me here. You are all assuming worst, when I am a newbie and trying to learn her history.

    Thank you to all that have been helpful
        08-09-2012, 01:07 PM
    Originally Posted by ShannonLoftus    
    And my intent is to give her a loving home and perhaps unravel her past for personal interest purposes.

    Now that I can surely agree with. Good luck with her Shannon, I hope you get her!
        08-09-2012, 01:14 PM
    Wasn't being harsh, or trying to come off rude. Just standing up here for Gypsy, she has had it rough and I personally don't think it's right to breed her no matter what the intentions are. I apologize if it came off in any other way.
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        08-09-2012, 01:22 PM
    As someone looking to have your own rescue you understand how many horses are out there that need help and saving so why would you want to breed her. Save a foal that has already been born that needs a loving home. I also find it hard to believe that you were told that she could be breed again as I am pretty sure it is in the contract that she cannot be bred in the future. As for her value she is priceless to over 200 plus families let alone people around the world. She needs a forever home with lots of love.
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        08-09-2012, 01:23 PM
    You mention a piece of land where the horses will be kept. Does anyone live there or will they be on their own most off the time?
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