I recently purchased a new TB mare who had been sharing a paddock with her (currently 4 year old) colt when he went back to the breeder to spell between preps. She is in very good condition on barely any feed and not great pasture (which is somewhat uncommon in TB's).
We purchased her late december and she stayed with her old owner for another 3 weeks due to flooding. During this time I believe she has put on more weight on what I believe is a very basic diet.
I never thought to really ask (stupid I know) as to the chances of her being in foal to her son, as any self respecting owner would be sure to seperate the mare and colt if she was in season or any funny business was occuring.
Due to her condition I have called the previous owner tonight to ask if she thought that the colt (son) may have covered her and she replied saying that "they fooled around all the time"......ahhh....this is NOT good!!!!
I have a few years experience in the TB racing and breeding industry and while having a foal does not bother me...one born from incest does due to possible heath problems for mare and/or foal.
Have not found much info on the net as to whether the consequences of this (possible) mating are..If anyone has an opinion or knowledge they would like to share on this topic i'd love to hear it...p.s...have not had the chance to get a preg test/vet check yet...would prefer to be prepared for the results...no changing it now if she is already in foal to her son.
Thanks for reading.