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        07-02-2010, 06:05 AM
      #11
    Started
    Here, lets put it this way; Would you keep a baby that was by your son?

    I would not be excited at all about this "good" thing. It's messed up, if you had to sell the foal for whatever reason, no one (that has a good head on their shoulder) would buy it.

    Lastly, I saw someone who was devastated by this. Now I see someone who is trying to argue that breeding a mare to her son is nothing dangerous as it's "done all of the time". 0_0 Make up your mind and geld that horse.
         
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        07-02-2010, 04:01 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by White Foot    
    Here, lets put it this way; Would you keep a baby that was by your son?

    I would not be excited at all about this "good" thing. It's messed up, if you had to sell the foal for whatever reason, no one (that has a good head on their shoulder) would buy it.
    It's not the same as people- at all. Her mare didn't think about the fact she was being bred by her son. Horses don't think that way. It's "ok" to breed dam to son , but not sibling to sibling or (as far as I know) sire to daughter.
         
        07-02-2010, 04:21 PM
      #13
    Banned
    It still seriously hurts that foals chances of marketability. Like others have said, no one is going to buy a foal that's mother was bred by her son. There is a good chance that nothing will happen to the foal...he/she will be perfect in every way. People just don't think logically about that kind of thing.
         
        07-02-2010, 05:09 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Thats very true. I raise show rabbits and rabbits in a breed are usually extensively linebred. In fact some breeds were started with just 2 animals! Rabbit breeders know that inbreeding and linebreeding are the fastest ways to express and fix good points in a breeding line- but are also the fastest ways to degrade a line too. Linebreeding is a very useful and important tool (in the right hands!!!) that is often ridiculed as "incest" or "dirty" or "wrong" by the general public.

    I would not hesitate to purchase a horse that was line bred, but if I were to purchase a horse it better be a darn good one.

    Can you post photos of the mare, and the naughty stallion in question? Maybe if we could actually SEE the animals it would be easier to judge what to do.
         
        07-02-2010, 05:44 PM
      #15
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by draftrider    
    Can you post photos of the mare, and the naughty stallion in question? Maybe if we could actually SEE the animals it would be easier to judge what to do.
    I agree
         
        07-02-2010, 05:53 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    It's like your brother being your father lol :) But yeah, if I found out that a horse I was looking to buy was inbred, skip.
         
        07-02-2010, 05:58 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    ^^ when I thought about the whole brother/father thing.. I got way confused They would technically be your half brother because you would have different fathers.. But he would actually be your father... I really confused myself when I thought about it in my head!
         
        07-02-2010, 07:06 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I think that if the vet says your mare can carry the foal safely, go for it. :)
         
        07-02-2010, 07:11 PM
      #19
    Started
    I wouldnt even consider keeping the foal, abort.
         
        07-02-2010, 07:21 PM
      #20
    Showing
    I personally would abort. If the mare's health is questionable, then it would be much easier to abort the fetus now than it would be to lose them both later when things go wrong or end up with an orphaned foal if the mare doesn't survive the delivery.

    Yes, linebreeding is a common practice amongst horse breeders, however, it is very rarely done in so close a proximity along the family tree. More commonly, it is 2 horses with the same sire but different dams and vice versa or a stud with "thishorse" as his sire being bred to a mare with "thishorse" as her grandsire. That way, there are still at least 3 different bloodlines at play. At least that is how it is commonly done in the AQHA world, I don't know about other breeds.
         

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