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post #21 of 22 Old 01-25-2012, 11:40 PM
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You have taken wonderful care of Bella,& you two do have a very strong conection. If you want to go ahead w/your plans, I would do it before she hits her teen years. Having a first foal as a "teen-ager" can be harder than if you do it earlier. I have to say most of my foals, didn't turn out as well as I anticipated, but they were useful horses,& the one that was a "little crazy" I had PTS, as I didn't feel right in passing on a "problem".
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post #22 of 22 Old 02-03-2012, 06:23 PM
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She is a beautiful animal, though there are a fair share of faults in her conformation. Not terrible, mind you, but enough that I would not want to breed her.

As stated before, pregnancy is horses can be a very risky business. Because of their anatomy, they are prone to difficult pregnancies and labours, and are not able to have many of the life-saving surgeries that a dog, a cat, or even a cow could have.

I have a young mare (much younger than yours, as she's turning four this year) who has a similar story as you and your Bella do. She was a crazy, untouchable animal that many people deemed to be a 'psychotic monster' before I began to work with her, and it's taken me years to get her to become the half-way decently mannered animal that she is now.

Last year, she was 'accidentally' impregnated through bad handling and care at our barn of one of our stallions. I made sure to get her good vet care, lots of exercise, good nutrition...the best that I could afford, in order to keep her healthy and safe. I thought that everything would be fine, and that I didn't have anything to worry about. She was young and in top condition, and both she and the stud that she was bred to have decent conformation.

Well a little over 9 months later, she went into labour. We tried to stop it, but her body had already rejected the foal. The little colt was still-born upon arrival, and completely emanciated. It turns out that her body has actually rejected the foal and cut off his nutrition quite a while before her body disposed of the foal, and that he had actually starved to death inside of her body. Not only this, but after birth, Sour (my mare) contracted a bad infection in her uterus, almost killing her. It took almost a month of stall rest and many antibotics to get her healthy again. I remember wondering multiple times if I was going to loose her.

I don't tell you this to keep you from breeding your mare. Some mares don't have any complications with birth. But the cold, hard facts are that pregnacy is VERY risky, and throws both the mother and the foal into jeprody. Do you really want to risk it? Make sure that you understand the possibilities of problems arising, before you breed. And always be prepared to loose her or the foal at any given time.

But I also agree with Cacowgirl. If you DO go ahead and breed her, I would advise in breeding her while she's in her prime, before she hits her teenaged years. Maiden pregnancies are always the riskiest, and the risks just get higher and higher the older the horse is.

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