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A Sad Goodbye

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  • A Sad Goodbye

    The last of my broodmares are leaving this week; Monday and Wed respectively. My only foal (who is now coming 3), sold to an equine vet, and now I'm left with no broodmares and no babies. My human baby is 9mths old and I just haven't found the time or energy to continue our breeding program. I thought about keeping my show horse as a broodmare. She has won at Upperville and her one filly was 2nd out of 11 at Upperville. She also had a premium GOV colt by Paparazzo, so she produces correct foals. However, I have someone that wants to purchase her, so this leaves me with nothing that is even capable of being bred. It just hit me that this is the first year in over 15 years that I won’t have a foal due.

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    I'm sorry. It must be rather sad after 15 years to not have a "baby" due. But you do have your own human baby that is taking up much of your time and that's a good thing. You never know one day in the future that special mare might come along again and will start a new beginning.

    I don't have any babies for 2011 coming either. I am a mixture of both happy and sad. Happy because I stress too much about everything being ok and with the way things are in the economy unless a mare is proven in sport or has progeny proven in sport it's a very tough market. So the stress of finding a good home in which they will be taken care of properly and do what they are bred for is not something I have to think about. But I am sad that I won't have those little moments we all love as breeders. The fist whinny, the first time they go out, figuring out those amazing legs, the first time we must try the ear scratch with a hind leg, and so on. But hey I have my now yearling and a mare in training from my breeding program so that makes me happy.

    Big hugs,
    COTH, keeping popcorn growers in business for years.

    "I need your grace to remind me to find my own." Snow Patrol-Chasing Cars. This line reminds me why I have horses.


    • #3
      Sometimes things come along that make decisions like you've made, clear. One thing for certain, you can always get another broodmare. You definitely have your priorities in the right place.
      Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


      • #4
        Originally posted by VirginiaBred View Post
        Sometimes things come along that make decisions like you've made, clear. One thing for certain, you can always get another broodmare. You definitely have your priorities in the right place.
        Agree. It took me a little time to get over not having foals when I quit breeding but it was time. I could no longer physically handle young horses.
        Free bar.ka and tidy rabbit.


        • #5
          In 20 years you'll be back.

          Not a bad time to be getting out though.
          "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

          "...you'll never win Olympic gold by shaking a carrot stick at a warmblood..." see u at x


          • #6
            Jingles for your heart ~

            Jingles for your heart ~

            Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


            • Original Poster

              Thank you for your kind words. In the 15 years we've bred, I feel like I've made at least a small mark. A full TB that I bred, raised, and trained has won multiple Championships at WEF. A large pony that I bred is doing very well in the LPH's. I've had multiple winners on the line at Upperville. Several of my APHA stallion's offspring are doing the APHA circuit; including at winner at the PtHA World Show. My oldest Warmbloods are coming 6yo this year, so hopefully they should start doing performance divisions and not just line classes. Before that, we bred Paints and ponies.

              I'm sure I will get back into breeding someday. Right now, we are fixing up the barn (new paint, new floor, etc) and have a bunch of new retirement horses from a big show barn in NY. So, my pastures won't be empty. They just won't be young and won't be mine.


              • #8
                But hey, you are there to give some super horses and super owners peace of mind that their good servants have a wonderful home. And somewhere out there are breeders of those horses. You have done well with your "kids" and now your giving some others a super retirement!

                Not bad at all I would say!

                COTH, keeping popcorn growers in business for years.

                "I need your grace to remind me to find my own." Snow Patrol-Chasing Cars. This line reminds me why I have horses.


                • #9
                  Glad to read you will still be surrounded by horses = good for the heart and soul ~
                  Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "