It's been a hell of a day. I are living the mare owner's nightmare.
I board my horse, Baby Girl. She's pastured with a decent herd (about 10-12 head) of the BO's horses. Mares, geldings, yearlings... The BO buys and sells horses frequently.
A few months ago, she bought a yearling TWH colt, which she assumed was gelded. I don't particularly fault her. I mean, don't we all usually take someone's word that a horse is a gelding? It's a complicated he say she said situation, but the point is that we all thought he was a gelding and he is actually a stud.
For several weeks, I've been noticing the little colt mounting my mare. Only her, from what I've seen. I just thought, "Wow. I can't believe she's letting him do that." But I thought he was a gelding and my mare wasn't harmed. So heck. I ignored it. I've heard of gelding's attempting to "breed" mares.
Well... Since he is a year and a half old, presumably fertile... This situation just became a big deal. At least I think so. I'm freaking out.
What are the chances the little ******* impregnated my mare? I'm going to get a vet out to check in about two weeks. How are they doing to test her anyway?
If she is in foal... God forbid. I'm already having thoughts on this scenario. I'm 90% sure I would terminate the pregnancy, but I know nothing about how this is done or the potential risks. Tell me more.
That 10%... Anyone I've talked to who has ever had a foal aborted had better reasons than I do. A stallion jumped fence and bred a young filly. Risky pregnancy. Health reasons. The mare and/or the stallion were extremely undesirable animals and the foal would have a dim future.
I only have two reasons: A) A foal would be a huge inconvenience and wouldn't allow me to compete my mare, and B) my mare probably has PSSM. I've never had the test done (muscle biopsies are a touch invasive), but my vet and I are strongly leaning towards PSSM due to symptoms and response to treatment.
That's reason enough, right?
The stallion is a nicely conformed, has excellent bloodlines, and an amazing gait at liberty. He actually complements my mare well and is strong in all her weak areas. Baby Girl is a successful CTR horse and always places. She has solid conformation and great bloodlines. The foal wouldn't be unwanted or future-less or fugly... Which makes it hard to put my heart into aborting. I'm afraid people will be like, "That selfish bitch killed a perfectly good horse."
I'm just... Really frazzled by the whole thing. What would you guys do if you were in my situation? Talk some sense into me.