Transporting a Mare In Foal - Is it dangerous?
Okay, we've run into a few bumps in our recent attempt at getting my mom a horse. While we have yet to sign the agreement, or pay anything toward her, we pretty much declared she was ours. While at the barn today we were discussing a few things with the trainers, and their biggest concern was shipping her while she's so late in her pregnancy. They would do the hauling, and the mare is six and a half hours away. She's due in May/June, and wouldn't be here until the beginning of April. What are the risks, if any, to the mare and unborn foal of hauling so late? The trainers said they wouldn't want anything to happen to her, and also wouldn't want my mom to be put in a financial hole that would be hard to get out of should something go wrong.
I'm looking for several opinions here. If it turns out to be too risky, we won't do it, but pulling out of the sale now would be very disappointing to both us and the owner.
I did talk to the woman and she said that the mare was hauled further along in her pregnancy than she would be this time when they got her. It was a four and a half hour drive over the six and a half hour drive here. She said making sure we stop every once in a while to check on her and give her a rest would be a good idea. She said she's not a fragile mare, and is a pro at all this. Even so, I'm worried something could go wrong.
But I don't want to back out of the sale after going through all of this trouble and at the last minute.
Some people say to wait until after she's had her baby, but the reason the woman is getting rid of some horses is because her husband passed away and left her alone with fifteen horses and four are due to foal in May or June. That, and wouldn't it be just as dangerous to haul a young foal?
I would rather stand near the birds, than spend my whole life wishing I had wings.