Thank you ladies! I cringed at first when I opened this thread- it was very late last night and my friend Jose Cuervo had come to visit when I wrote it. I was thinking... "What did I write!!!" But it does seem that I at least spelled correctly. :P
I could care less about color. The best color on a horse is fat. =) My mare is a bay, and I am perfectly happy with any color.
She had a foal when she turned 5. (I got her when she was 12). The foal was a horse colt, and it is my understanding sold for 7K for a working ranch gelding as a 3 yr old. She has not been bred since- her past owner quit breeding and just kept her 2 best mares for trails and ranch work.
Yes, financially I can handle it. I have 4 horses of my own, and usually 4-5 rescue horses here all the time. If I needed to, I would reduce the number of rescue horses if I hit hard times. I don't board- my horses are here on our family farm. I am here all the time basically.
I have had a LOT of experience with kidding, lambing, farrowing, and calving. I know its not the same species but it can't be much different than calving if a foal is stuck.
As for a forever home- barring illness or death, yes. Right now I am in remission for 4 years from cancer. I could get hit by a random bolt of lighting, or fall into a well. I could just drop dead. But other than that I think I'm good. And, if I die I have already made arrangements that one of my relatives will take my horses.
Potential buyers- that I don't know. There is always a market here for exceptionally well bred Quarter horses. A really nice yearling might bring 800-1000 $. I have seen them advertising and selling good mares and geldings for upwards of 5K. People want the ranch horses, more than the halter show type horses. There is a difference in their stature and breeding and people are starting to get away from the tiny head, tiny foot and Ahhnold build.
MM, and I do think that I feel like a hypocrite because I am constantly telling people "don't breed or buy when a slaughter horse might die" but I look at my mare aging, and how when she is gone, she will be gone forever. You know you have one horse in your life that is the most special, no one will ever replace it? She is that for me. And breeding her does scare me because what if she dies in birth, what if? Its the What If's that scare me the most.
Here is my Belle's pedigree- what do you think? Sweets Valentine Belle Quarter Horse