Accidental breedings - have you had one? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Accidental breedings - have you had one?

There seems to be some disagreement about just how frequently accidental breedings occur. I simply cannot believe that they are as common as the picture some posters are trying to convey.

So, has any horse you have owned, or any horse on your property (whether owned by you or someone else) accidentally been breed/accidentally bred a mare? And by "accidentally," I specifically mean that no person intended for the stallion to cover the mare.
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post #2 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 09:45 PM
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Yes. An accident is how I got my Friesian cross. But it didn't happen at my place, the mare was pregnant when I bought her. She had jumped the fence in with the Friesian stallion, LOL!
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post #3 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 09:48 PM
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I think the results are still going to be skewed here to be honest. A lot of people that start their career on the HF have a first post that goes something like "The stallion got out this one time 10 months ago, how close is she?". Many of these people become productive members of our society here.

Looking at it a different way - I have grown up with horses. Between my mother and myself, we have owned close to 30 horses over my lifetime (28 years for those playing at home) and in that time, most of them have been mares. We have only had one accidental breeding, and that was at a boarding facility.

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post #4 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 09:50 PM
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Accident vs. lack of proper prevention are two totally different things.......
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post #5 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 09:53 PM
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I'll be the first to admit that one horse I own was a result of an accidental breeding by another of mine. Just before my Percheron got gelded, he managed to crash through the fence and cover the neighbor's paint mare. Thankfully, the neighbors were friends so they weren't upset. They were actually rather excited until the husband passed away just after the foal was born. Since the wife had zero interest in horses, especially the idea of trying to raise/train a foal, she just told me to take him if I wanted him.

I really didn't want him, but I did feel responsible for him so now he lives at my house, where he'll at least get quality training until the time comes to find him a new home.

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post #6 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 09:57 PM
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We've never had one, but then we keep our horses on our own property for the most part and there are no stallions for miles...
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post #7 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 10:00 PM
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I have owned horses for the better part of 55 years, and bred for over 20 years, and never had an "accidental" breeding. IMO there is no such thing...
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post #8 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 10:02 PM
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Back in the day, when I was taking lessons at this little dump-y barn, there was a mare that unexpectedly had a baby.
I can't remember the exact details but I think it involved the basically wild mare staying in a trailer, within the pasture of a stallion, for few days and somehow getting bred...
Of course, the owners were super sketch - not to mention, who leaves a horse in a trailer for a few days, especially a mare in a stallion's pasture?? - so I have no doubt that it was the lack of proper prevention that caused that baby.

Luckily for the baby, it was a super flashy palomino appy so I bet it probably eventually got a good home. However, I can't vouch for that since the babeh and the still wild mama were moved out of that barn pretty soon after the baby was born.

That, however, is my only experience with an "accidental" baby.

Well, I guess there was the time at the place I used to board where a 3 year old stallion was let out with Lacey for a few days (without my knowledge, initially) because "he hadn't dropped" and "Lacey's not in heat, but a baby would do her good!" Thankfully, after I made a fuss, the two of them were separated and Lacey didn't become pregnant.
That was just plain stupidity at work.

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post #9 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 10:03 PM
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I have never had an accidental breeding, nor has anyone I personally know had one.

I wonder if proximity to accidental breedings is related to the circles one runs in.
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post #10 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 10:05 PM
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My grandmother has had horses for over 30 years, stallions, mares and readings. All of them have always been kept in high tensile hotwire, or back thirty year ago, barbed wire. I personally can count over thirty horses, quite a few stallions and mares at the same time. Not one accidental pregnancy or breeding. A few planned ones, but not a single one.
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