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post #21 of 104 Old 07-02-2010, 07:39 PM
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That's a personal decision and totally up to you. Like others have said, I would be more concerned about if the mare is okay to carry the pregnancy, rather than the "inbreeding" per say.

I know it isn't quite the same thing, but I found it curious that my Fox Trotter's sire is rather, um, "linebred."

Sun Dust E Missouri Fox Trotter

Notice Lady Anne, dam of Sun Dust E., is also his grandmother, so she was bred back to one of her grandsons to create Sun Dust E. I'm sure that was done because they were really fond of the bloodlines and wanted to concentrate them and create a breeding prospect. At least that's what I assume anyway, lol!

So I guess I wouldn't be so quick to abort the foal as some other folks, but hey, that is a decision only you can make because it is the one you must live with. What's right for me or what's right for someone else may not be right for you. Do what it your heart you feel is correct.

Also, I don't really buy into the whole "marketable" thing. I think horses are here to be enjoyed and make our lives richer. Not everything has to be created with marketing in mind, does it??? I guess Mustangs aren't very marketable, nor grade horses, but I sure love the ones I have and wouldn't trade them for anything. Not everything in life has to be a money maker does it? One extra horse (and probably a registerable one at that) will not break the whole equine economy. Just my opinion, I'm sure many will disagree.
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post #22 of 104 Old 07-02-2010, 07:42 PM
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Figure out the pros and cons, But ALWAYS put the mares health first!
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PS. I would be concerned about the vulva during foaling. I would think there would be a fair chance of it tearing again. Or maybe not? That's where the vet's advice really comes in. Does the vet think she's "good to go" or that foaling will further damage her further? I would put the mare's health first. If she's "good to go" then you have a decision to make. If there is a good chance of damaging her, then I would go ahead and abort because you don't want to damage the mare any further.
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post #24 of 104 Old 07-02-2010, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
Figure out the pros and cons, But ALWAYS put the mares health first!
We were just on the same wave length! As soon as I did my first post, I thought, what does the vet think about the torn vulva and foaling?
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post #25 of 104 Old 07-02-2010, 08:15 PM
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Hmm... it's certainly a tough decision. True, an inbred foal would make it's chances less likely to be sold, but I wouldn't consider it true to say that
"nobody" would buy him/her.

I wouldn't take a risk, though, if your mare were in serious danger.
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post #26 of 104 Old 07-02-2010, 08:21 PM
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I really dont think it should even be a conversation, Is there really a reason to keep this particular foal? Is this only one you will ever have or own? Already health could be an issue, Mare already being torn, to me this is a no brainer...

Abort, yes sad...but move on....

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post #28 of 104 Old 07-02-2010, 09:48 PM
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then there is the whole idea that a life is here for a reason............ wait 21 days..... that gives you time to think..... this is a choice that is not rushed....... think about who will own the foal, what purpose will it hold, how your valuable mare will hold up.......
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post #29 of 104 Old 07-03-2010, 12:28 AM
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Please abort!!!

I've spent most my life riding horses...the rest i've just wasted.
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post #30 of 104 Old 07-03-2010, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
Figure out the pros and cons, But ALWAYS put the mares health first!
I agree with this 100 percent!

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.
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