I'm not sure how to put this in a way that translates. It's not about offending me it's about alienating with the way things are phrased. I think that we really need to be careful when speaking with other horse people especially if we are trying to educate them about something, that we do not alienate them and try to do it in a way that is as respectful as possible. I strongly believe that continuing education as a rider is something that everyone should do. I have no issue admitting that genetics is not something I've studied extensively or very much at all. I love for people to share their knowledge. I think when we come together with a mutual understanding and basic respect for each other sharing that knowledge is something that can be very well received by everyone. I don't think this was phrased in a way most people would receive well. In fact to be totally honest I had my husband read it who has a much mellower personality then I do and he found it to be even more offensive then I did (maybe because it is his foal in Magic or maybe he is being extra protective of me, I'm a little more fragile then normal right now).
So let me put it this way that can hopefully be respectful too you guys. I believe that it is part of your vets job to put the safety and well being of your animals first. I think when you breed you need to be prepared for all possible outcomes. This is not something that we undertook lightly, in fact it is something that we as a family have deliberated over for sometime. We have turned down numerous opportunities for free breeding's/discounted breeding's because it wasn't the right time or we felt the stallion wasn't a good match for our girl. Before we bred our mare we looked at these things: 1. Has she proven herself as a performance horse, 2. Conformation, Temperament, and Soundness. 3. Will her foals be marketable. Since she passed, we decided to go ahead and breed. I am not opposed to having my mare tested if she needs to be, but if my vet says it's unnecessary and no offense I'm going take my trusted vets advice who actually took the time when I asked the question to begin with, to go over my mares breeding and background before answering. I have found him to be fascinating listening to him rattle off the possibilities of color and what stallions he believed would cross well with our Magic. He is exclusively a horse vet, he has spent his life educating himself about horses. And we were extremely sad to loose him as vet. I find it to be a little ridiculous quite honestly, that without knowing him or his back ground, would question and basically around about tell me he knows nothing about these kinds of things. I really truly do not want to offend people but I think at this time the subject should be dropped. Your opinions are of course welcome but I think this one has been beat to the ground. I would really like to keep Magics foaling thread as upbeat as possible. And as I said before and really really mean it I do appreciate your opinions and especially your concern for the well being of our foal.