Originally Posted by PaintMare
The TB broodmare is usually bred directly after she gives birth to her foal. Which is considered "her job" to be bred and have tb foals. So once the foal is born they take the broodmare away from the foal to be bred again. This leaves the foal without its mother and without milk. Which would mean a nurse mare would be needed to provide the foal with milk. Which leaves the nurse mare's foal without a mother and without milk...usually left to die....unless someone comes a long and rescues the foal.
Also the Jockey Club deems it to dangerous to put newborn foals in a trailer with the mother so they are seperated IF the broodmare must be trailered somewhere. This also leaves the foal without a mother and in need of milk. Which would mean a nurse mare would be brought in. Which leaves the nurse mare's foal without a mother...and usually left to die....unless the foal is rescued.
How does the JC deem it dangerous? I've never heard the jockey club have a position on that. Some farms, who's owners may be JC members, may find it dangerous.. But I've never heard that is an official opinion of the registry.
There are thousands of mares in KY.. it stands to reason that some, for whatever reason, will not be able to nurse their own foal, and that nurse mares would be used, as do colostrom banks and a whole slew of other things.
I do know of one rescue who says that they are rescuing NM foals. In actuality they are going to local auctions and buying weanlings - 2 yos, and then adopting them out.. saying they are NM foals.
There are sleazes in every industry.