I know nothing about this type of stuff but am concerned about my cousin breeding her horses...
Sorry if this is long...
Back story: She owns a 3yr old stud. Very well mannered and nothing like most studs. Most people assume he is gelded because he has such a good temperament. He is an unregistered mutt of sorts. She tracked some of his bloodlines but nothing impressive if I remember correct. He is solid white, blue eyes and one small brown patch on his side. My cousin shares property with someone who also owns horses. One mare in particular really likes the stud and broke into his paddock. The stud acted uninterested and everyone assumed he didn't get her. Well he did and a Lethal White foal was born. My cousin fell instantly in love only to have to put the filly down that night. She was heart broken. She didnt know about lethal white til that day and the breeding was completely an accident. The studs paddock has been secured so there will not be anymore accidents. Lesson learned there except...
Now she is set and determined to breed her stud again this time on purpose of course. So she traded her barrel horse (a gelding out of the QH Cash line) for a 4yr old paint who is started on barrels. She is a pretty mare but Im horrified she could carry the LW gene. I tried to mention this to my cousin but she insists that since she is tobiano (sp?) that she can't carry the gene. My cousin also doesnt take advice well once she is set and determined to do something, there is very little chance of changing her mind :(
Im hoping I can show her this thread and stop her before she gets her heart broke again.
Im attaching pictures of the mare at the end. What do you guys think? I also just learned about OWLS and lethal white foals but still do not completely understand it, which is why Im asking. Hopefully coming from more expeirenced people, she will listen. I know nothing about it so I can understand her not listening to me on the topic.
I know the only sure fire way to know is DNA but maybe we can encourage her to get the test done before she breeds.
My cousin has good intentions and would never ever intentionally hurt an animal. She just doesnt realize the seriousness of the issue. I love my cousin and don't want to see her heart broken again. I know she would feel awful and guilty if she had another LW. She's a very caring and sweet person.
Thanks in advance!
Here are the few pics I have:
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