I have a few options:
1) I can re-home my young mare to a friend who is looking for a walk-trot horse for light riding. She keeps her horses for life and has about 6 pasture pets in their 20's who are all rescues.
2) Get one more vet out to get a definitive diagnosis on the young mare (we are pretty certain at this point that she tore her stifle/meniscus when she hit the fence), and possible breed her if it is not genetic. If it is genetic I obviously wouldn't breed. This would be a one time breeding, just because I want a baby just like mare (without the injury).
I love this mare, she has good conformation, is registered, has a great mind. I had started training her to drive in addition to being ridden and she has done well. She was going to be my forever partner if not for her injury. This way I could pick any stallion, of any breed, and hopefully breed something really nice that I would never be able to afford to buy (probably a WB).
I have been debating for several months about going with option 1- the issue is I cannot seem to make myself give my young mare up. I've been looking at other horses for sale, and just haven't really clicked with any of them. I know part of this is an attachment issue on my part. The other issue is horse prices are absurdly high in my area (3-5 grand). Lately they are selling foals to 2 yr olds for about $2000 with no training.
A lot of horses don't have good conformation, are small, don't look suited for what I want, or something just doesn't feel right. I don't want to trade my mare in for something that is going to have issues as well. I got bucked off the horse I was free leasing. He is only 6 and has stifle issues, and is very unreliable. I definitely don't want to end up with a horse like him! His owner had him vet checked too before she bought him...
Maybe I should just keep my mare for the time being, and continue to look and hope I find something that I click with. I could buy another unbroke 2 yr old, but there are so many unknowns with that as well.
What I am looking for: I want something I can jump, trail ride, and take up driving on. So must absolutely be sane over anything else! Training isn't an issue, I can train just about anything. Preferably under 8 yrs old so we have plenty of time together before retirement.
This mare here is one of the best one's I've seen lately, but she looks rump high... I think she may be worth looking at.
Sheza Wild Image ~ 2010 ApHC Filly for sale in Gilchrist, Florida, United States of America :: HorseClicks
I also like this mare but I don't think she is registered. Plus I don't like grey paints that much.
Stunning mare with eye catching color for sale in Suwannee, Florida, United States of America :: HorseClicks