I just wanted to add that I updated this thread because I felt that it painted both my mare and I in a bad light, which my my fault. In the past couple years I've changed the way things are done for the better of my herd, in my opinion. My equine vet is my mentor and I am always asking her questions about things to do with training, health, hooves, etc. I have asked for hood critiques on other forums and seem to be doing something right. (It was on my 3 year old geldings hooves from last summer).
Things are going for the better. 2011 was just the beginning when we gelded our last colt and sold our stallion. Quitting breeding was just the start.
I do hope that this thread update makes your view of me better than it was back in 2011. I've tried really hard and a lot has paid off.