Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
Should I or shouldnt I breed her again?
my mare foaled early last week (gotta love the early onset of the rainy season) and the poor little man didnt make it much past a day. Possum is ok in herself although you can tell she is a little weirded out by what has happened but all in all she's just back to her normal self.
I spoke to the vet the day Spirit died and she suggested if I wanted to, to put her back in foal after her foal heat. She had a problem free delivery, is healthy (just needs to gain back a few kilos she lost when the foal was first born) and at the moment, I know this sounds weird, but its like she's trying to get back in with the sire (my stally). She said it could also help her if she did show any signs of depression afterwards.
Anyhoo, call me crazy, but over the last few days I've been watching her and even though she is over the fence, she has barely left the stallions side. She just stands there and watches him. She will graze for a while but never wanders far from him.
Yesterday afternoon somehow, the stally got out into her paddock. Beats me how he did it when he is surrounded by 4 strand, 4 1/2 foot electrified fences but anyways...i got home and they were wandering around together and she was more settled and grazed for longer with him. Thankfully her foal heat hadnt started yet as I don't want her to fall on a foal heat.
I went in and bought her back out and she proceeded to just stand there with him. Normally she will always stay with the herd but she doesn't even follow them around at the moment. Im a little worried about her to be honest
Now I do want another try at a foal with her and arrow but im wondering if I should wait a bit longer or if I can trust my vet when she says she is fine to go in foal again. She examined her very thoroughly and said she was A-OK but I am a worrier and I wanted to get a bunch of opinions before I decide to do it.
She seems happier when she is with him and considering I am going to breed them again im thinking I should wait til her foal heat is over and let them hang out together again (i don't hand serve...i let nature take its course except under extreme circumstances. My boy is a gentleman so no need for hand serving they just live in a de facto relationship for a few cycles ;))
Just after opinions. I've been around this forum long enough to know that this could easily turn into a lecture about why are you breeding them blah blah im not after that im just after an opinion on the question I've asked ;)
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"