Debating on breeding my mare
My mare is 9 yrs old. She is APHA registered, with reining and TB/QH racing bloodlines. She has been perfect for me in every way. I love her personality- she is really sweet and easy to train. I got her as an untouched, malnurished 2 yr old. I trained her myself, started her under saddle. I recently started teaching her to drive. This horse does not spook, rides by herself, crosses water, doesn't care about guns or police sirens... Just a pleasure to have around. Great feet and conformation.
She started developing a mystery lameness in her hind end over a year ago. The first vet suspected arthritis. We tried joint injections but it didn't work. We also tried monthly arthritis injections. I was then referred to a vet from the vet school. We X rayed both hinds hocks and stifles and couldn't find any arthritis anywhere. Her joints looked great. The vet feels confident that she has had a "traumatic injury to her SI/pelvis" which has left her with permanent damage (probable soft tissue damage). It is unlikely she will ever fully recover, as it took too long to diagnose.
I have a few suspicions as to what caused this: One was the farrier who lost his temper and twisted her leg- she was so lame she couldn't walk the next day. He said he "popped her" for being bad? Is anyone familiar with that technique? That was his first visit and he was fired immediately after that. He definitely twisted her leg- as I was there watching. She also had a bad spill out in the pasture one day...
I asked the vet about breeding her, as I don't want to spread an inheritable problem and the vet said he "feels confident that this is not inheritable" I must admit I was shocked! I thought for sure he would recommend against breeding!
I have been dreaming for years of having a foal to raise. I'm not in any rush and she is still young. I know I could rescue a horse instead, but I've had really bad luck and heartbreak with rescues. I think it would be nice to raise my own, to pick the best stallion I can and go from there.