Okay, so here is the complicated story....erm....novel. There was an old friend of the family named Perry who owned a few sections of land just outside of town. He had horses. Not super good quality horses, but not terrible either. He was basically the epitome of a backyard breeder. He just left these horses on the land and let them run feral so they are really inbred. He passed away quite a few years ago and my Dad was named executor of his will. Neither of Perry's daughters can agree on what they want to do with the land or the animals on it. Both of them want it for no other reason than just to keep the other from having it (gotta love family drama after a death).
Anyway, a couple of years after Perry died, another guy in town who had horses (again, not super good horses, but not terrible) leased the property from the girls and turned his herd of horses out there with the ones already present. So, all his mares ended up pregnant by Perry's mediocre stud. After a handful of years, Poncho (the leaser) vacated the premises and just gathered up about half the herd. Nothing crooked or greedy about it, but there was simply no real way to separate what horses had been his and what had been theirs and keep it all straight. The girls couldn't care less what he took.
Now, the horses that were left have just been running feral for 10 years or more, breeding and inbreeding and inbreeding some more. There is 2 mare/stud herds and at least one bachelor herd running the property...I'd say 40 animals in all. How in the world they've survived out there is beyond me. The girls don't care what happens to them but can't decide whether they want Dad and I to herd them up and haul them off or not. We were already told years ago that if we saw one we liked to just take it.
I happened to be riding out by there the other day and the bigger of the 2 herds was right up by the fence. Since I was on a horse, they didn't scatter the second they saw me like they do with a vehicle so I was able to get a good look at them. Most of them looked about like what they are, mediocre inbred horses. The stud for this herd didn't have stellar conformation, but he wasn't the worst I've ever seen. His legs were straight and strong and the only things I could really pick at were a slight ewe neck and a slightly high tail set.
There was a bay mare in there that, I thought, was actually very attractive. Her back was just a touch long but that's all I could really see about her that was bad. She had a soft eye and a petite head, good straight legs and decent muscle for having never done much more than wander the pasture with no care whatsoever.
Now, to my dilemma. She has the most gorgeous little filly on her side. I'd say 3-4 months old, brown, 3 high white stockings, a big blaze face, a belly splash, and 1 blue eye. She's just stunning and her conformation looks really good (like good enough that you could put her in a herd of well bred QH weanlings and wouldn't be able to tell the difference in quality).
After I saw her, I'd wished I had my camera and had gotten some pictures, but I didn't. Maybe in the next couple of days I can get out that way again. The way I figure it, she wouldn't really be that much different than what Dobe is, an inbred mongrel, but he's still one of the best horses I've ever had. Not terribly talented, of course, but all heart and personality so a good horse nonetheless.
I can't decide if I want to try to catch her and bring her home and try to turn her into a decent riding horse or just leave her be. She'd likely never be good for much more than just using, but she'd end up broke no matter what. I know there'd be no hope of making any sort of real money on her even if I did decide to sell her. Or, do I just leave her out there to live out her short life like the rest of them have been left to do.
What do you guys think? Ideas? Concerns? Suggestions?