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post #31 of 104 Old 07-03-2010, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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This would be her last baby because she is 22 years old and I dont want to breed her in her old age.

As to the vet saying she wasnt sound to breed, its only because when she tore a little flap of skin was developed and now it will scar with a little flap no big deal but she just made that comment that she could cut it off.

And the baby would not be registerable as far as i know I didnt really ask anyone so I will research and get back to you guys on it.

And my dreams are to compete in hunters and we have been training and I was planning to bring her to a whole bunch of things and with a baby...or being pregnant and ugh i just cant do anything.

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post #32 of 104 Old 07-03-2010, 01:55 AM
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Based on ALL you've said, abort.
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post #33 of 104 Old 07-03-2010, 10:10 AM
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22 is imo a good age to quit breeding a horse who's of average vitality; the body has a harder time with carrying a foal, getting sufficient nutrition for it, etc. Would you please tell us how the foal might be a blessing? (You said that it could be. Perhaps you were only thinking of marketability, if registerable?)

Also to consider is whether the mare enjoys the hunter discipline--is her heart with yours here?-- & whether she has the talent for it to justify an abortion. Which role best suits her: hunter or mom?

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post #34 of 104 Old 07-03-2010, 10:20 AM
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I can't imagine a 22 year old Icelandic mare would compete well in hunters. Could someone more educated please address this? It may be a moot point.

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post #35 of 104 Old 07-03-2010, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by PonderosaMiniatures View Post
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....

^^ She said it best. It's unplanned, unmarketable and unwanted, and poses health risks to the mother. Three strikes you're out.

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post #36 of 104 Old 07-03-2010, 11:06 AM
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Abort now, while it's still a tiny little embryo. Or would you rather wait until foaling time and risk losing your mare? Personally, I'd rather have my mare than any potential baby she accidently got stuck with. Or what if something happened and you lost BOTH mare and foal? You are not prepared for a baby, you are not prepared for foaling. And furthermore, if you weren't planning on breeding BECAUSE of her age, that alone says you should abort.

Like Indy said, you've got MORE than three strikes against you.

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I would abort. having a baby is ALOT of work. have you ever trained and raised a horse from scratch? i got my mare at 20 months old from an auction, and she was a gift. i honestly wouldnt have wanted her if i was at that auction. (im glad i have her now! i love my mare! though she can be a challenge and a bit of a brat lol) sometimes i wish i had a horse that was broken in and not so risky.

Enjoy the time you have with your mare, abort the foal. please.
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post #38 of 104 Old 07-06-2010, 11:24 AM
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I would abort the foal. If the vet said she isn't breeding sound, take the advice.
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post #39 of 104 Old 07-07-2010, 02:53 PM
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so you would rather potentialy kill your mare, to get a severaly inbreed unwanted foal.... yep, best reasons i have heard to keep a foal. just abort, its not like she is the last icelandic horse on earth my god.

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post #40 of 104 Old 07-07-2010, 03:05 PM
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So glad you had the vet out to look at the injury and she is on antibiotics. That is great news.

Originally Posted by draftrider View Post
I can't imagine a 22 year old Icelandic mare would compete well in hunters. Could someone more educated please address this? It may be a moot point.
That was my thought also. But maybe she is talking about something other than the rated hunter style hunter shows. As we have discussed here many-a-times there are breed type hunters and maybe that is what the OP wants to do.

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....

I totally agree with this.

Originally Posted by TwoHeartsOneBond
The thing is my ICELANDIC mare is from Iceland and she has pure blood lines, in turn her son who bred her has great bloodlines also.
Just because she came for Iceland does not mean she has great blood lines. It also does not mean she is a quality animal (not saying she is not, have not seen her). It also does not even slightly imply that her son also has great blood lines. Even if she does have great blood lines (and great conformation, etc) it does not mean the other half of her son has even similar quality lines.

I think the kindest thing you can do for your mare is to abort this possible pregnancy.
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