Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Johnson Creek, WI
When I bred my mare (about 14 years ago now) I read 3 big books (blessed are the broodmares was one) on breeding and caring for a pregnant mare. I was so excited to learn about it and gain all the knowledge I needed. I had a fourth book that I saved to read after the foal was born. I thought since it was called "blessed are the foals" that it was about after they were born.
So the foal is born happy and healthy with no assistance from me. I sit down to read "blessed are the foals". The whole first half goes into more depth than "blessed are the mares" about all of the horrible things that can happen during development and birth. By the time I finished reading it I was so terrified that I never wanted to breed a horse again!! I was so happy that I hadn't read it before he was born! I know it was important info and it was all realistic scenarios of bad things that could have happened but it would have caused me unbelievable stress to have know it all.
The moral of my long story: I agree that sometimes it's just not best to know everything =)
Keep your drive and thirst to know it all but don't let what you learn prevent you from having fun.
"Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.” - Lady Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham