Originally Posted by themacpack
Well, honestly, a freak pasture accident can happen regardless of breeding or not - to me, this specific situation would not influence my decision on breeding. If the loss of the dam was breeding/foaling related, that would be more of a question in my mind. Look at it this way - were it not for having taken the chance on breeding, you'd be w/out the mare and not have this little piece of her left behind.
^^^^ Totally agree with this. The sad fact is they will never live as long as we do and as long as we have them in our lives we stand a chance of losing them. It's heartbreaking to lose one but by having her foal you still have a little bit of her.
My mare is decended from a mare I bought when I was 12. The old mare (Babe) died in a freak accident in the field as well, and I know that I couldn't have made it through her loss if I hadn't had her 2 year old daughter (Disco) to love and fill the void. A couple of years ago I gave Disco away to a loving home as a pasture ornament and kid's horse. I wondered if it was worth having horses and getting my heart broken each time I had to let go. The answer is Yes. Thanks to breeding my mare I still have a granddaughter (Dancer) and a great grandson (Mystery) of that very special mare.
The love you felt for your mare can live on in the little one. Each time you watch him run you'll be seeing a piece of her racing the wind.