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View Poll Results: Have any of your horses ever been involved in an accidental breeding?
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post #11 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 10:12 PM
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Certainly not.

And I feel that 90% of "accidental breedings" are due to carelessness. Of course there is the occasional accident but that is far from the majority of "oops" foals.
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post #12 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 10:21 PM
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Ok, although I think most can be avoided...I do think they happen. I myself had it happen. I dont own a stallion and the neighbor I get along with has 2 but they are housed and kept properly. Other neighbor had a stallion and just let him stay in the pasture with the rest of his horses. Well that stallion must have gotten bored with his mares and jumped in with mine. He had also jumped in with the other neighbors and they kept running him off the property. But, damage was done here AND all but 1 was too late by the time we realized it. The stud(gelding) is now mine because of it. I went to the owner and demanded he pay for all care of my mares and he couldn't so he turned over the stud to me. He has since given 1 of his mares (pregnant) and 1 gelding to other neighbor and I guess hes keeping the rest for now.
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post #13 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by spurstop View Post
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.
I suspect you are on to something there. I have, in the past, boarded at barns where stallions were kept, and there were never any accidents the entire time I was there. Stallions were kept in appropriate facilities, and colts were weaned and gelded before it could become an issue.

I know one person who bought an unexpectedly pregnant mare. She was quite new to horses and got taken advantage of by a sketchy barn. No surprise there, and probably not an accident, either.
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post #14 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 11:10 PM
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Does it count as accidental if I bought the mare and no one told me she had been with a stallion?

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post #15 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 11:37 PM
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In all my years I've had 1, this past year. I went out to feed and my old mare didn't come up and neither did the boarder's gelding. I went looking and poor old mare had somehow cut her foreleg to the bone, full length, and WIDE. She could barely 3 legged walk. She was also foundered and had severe rotation and dropped coffin bone in the other leg so the outcome was going to be inevitable. Somehow, I don't quite know how or who, in the excitement of getting her to the trailer and buting her up so she could walk onto the trailer, and taking her to the vet for euthanasia, someone left a couple of gates open and my stallion found 'em.

Tiara was born Feb 16 and is an adorable little 1/2 arab, thankfully I own the mother too so didn't have to explain to anyone what happened and she can live here til she's trained up and ready for a new owner. Or she can just stay, she's a cute & sweet little thing.

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post #16 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 11:38 PM
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We recently had a Jack break/jump 3 fences to get in with our Jenny. Honestly we couldn't have done much to prevent that. What every owner can prevent is the 'pregnancy' part of it.

Coming from a very urban area I would have said a truly 'accidental' breeding would be near impossible. However after living in the backwoods of GA for a while it's a heck of a lot easier to see how mare owners could have difficulties with neighbors with stallions and bad fencing.
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post #17 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 11:41 PM
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Never, and likely won't ever, I own geldings now and when they move on to greener pastures in the clouds, I will own more geldings.
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post #18 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 11:54 PM
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I bought a mare that was pregnant and I didn't realize it. So I accidentally got a two-for-one deal. But I will vote "no" on the survey because it wasn't an accident on the part of the mare's previous owner. They had her and a bunch of other mares in with the stud on purpose. The owner just sort of told me what I wanted to hear (that he didn't think she was pregnant) when I bought her. So the breeding wasn't an accident, just me ending up with a foal was.
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post #19 of 41 Old 06-12-2012, 11:59 PM
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2 of the barns I kept Sonador at, had studs. Not once did studs get out, or mares get in.

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post #20 of 41 Old 06-13-2012, 12:01 AM
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I posted recently about leaving my stallion in the roundpen when we were clearing debris from his pasture.
we found him later that afternoon kind of caught on the fence with 70% of his body on the outside of the pen and his hind legs on the inside.
We highly suspect that he mounted a mare over the fence and she walked away.
I was going to breed her to him next year but if he was successful hey, more power to him. Shalom
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