I have a mare that I keep in a neighbor's field. He lets me keep her there for free which is very nice of him. There is another person (we'll call her Camilla) who has brought horses into the field from time to time. I hadn't had contact with her for over a year so I was surprised when I got an email from her on Friday evening informing me that she was bringing horses over the next day and she thought she would let me know in case I had any animals in the field. I called her and said I had my horse and llama in the field.
I told her that I was sure Berdi (my mare) would get along fine with her horses, but I was wondering if she was planning on bringing a stallion. She has done so before I got my mare. She said, "Oh, yes I am!" I told her that that would be a problem as my mare is 20 years old, has never been bred and under no circumstances do I want her bred!!! She shot back with, "Well, that's why I called you, so you can get your horse out of the field if you want to."
Ugh!!! I could not believe it! I told her that that would be a problem as I did not really have another place to put her for 2 months that she would have her stallion here.
She told me I should put her in the little pen I built for my llamas. Right! :roll: That place is far too small and my family doesn't want her right by the house. So, she just said, "I don't know!" I said, "I don't either, I'll have to try to figure something out." She just said, "Ok, bye!"
Ugh! I was ready to tear my hair out! Berdi would be so high risk for a pregnancy, I don't have her papers and I don't want her bred to just any stallion. I don't have the money for both a mare and foal and it would just be so irresponsible right now! It is rather ironic as I was talking to my mom that day about how someday I want to buy a real good quality, registered mare and either breed her or buy her bred. But I would have everything in place and do it up right!
I called up the owner of the field (he is so nice!) and told him that Camilla said she would be bringing a stallion with her other horses and I asked him if I could use his trailer to move her to some other field if I couldn't find a place for her with one of our other neighbors for the 2 months. He didn't even let me finish, and said, "Hold it! She is bringing a STALLION?!" I said, "Oh, yes!" And then I explained that I had no problem with her horses coming - Berdi would love the company, but I could not take the risk of her getting pregnant at her age and for other reasons. He was quite shocked, and called Camilla up and told her she could not bring the stallion.
What a relief! I ran out to hug my horse and tell her she wasn't being evicted after all! I'm just shocked at the one day notice and the way she acted about it all. Oh, well, I'm just glad it turned out the way it did. I would have felt sick if she had not called at all and Berdi had ended up bred. Not that it would probably happen all in one day as I check Berdi every day and would see the stallion, but still!
A few years ago I might have been excited about getting a "baby horsie" from my mare for "free", but since joining this forum and doing some actual research I've learned there is a lot more to breeding than just putting a mare and stallion together to get a "cute" baby!
Well, that is my rant for today - cookies to all who got through that!