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  • Hug those Grand Old Girls

    Had a huge scare with my Big Bay Broodmare Extraordinaire(TM). She is only 21, but cracked her pelvis when she was 6, so has a wonky hind end... she's lost a lot of topline with the last two foals accordingly...

    She went down in a freak slip, and had a lot of trouble getting back up. Was dog-sitting and waited for me... I helped her over & up.

    No swelling, no immediate issues I could find, but she seemed like she was dragging one hind a touch more than usual--or I could have been just watching her WAY more closely than I usually do.

    Will be off to the vet in the morning if she needs to...

    It was this moment that changed everything. I know she's getting up there... I am planning on retiring her after one last try at a keeper filly, thanks to a miracle breeding to Sempatico. But this was this paradigm shift of she's getting *old* and fragile. I mean, I know they can go any time, and how risky breeding is, but it was just a real wakeup for this precious gem of a mare.

    She owes me nothing, I owe her EVERYTHING.

    I did have to come in to work, when I left it was more than an hour later and she was fine... but I can't help but worry.
    InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

    Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)

  • #2

    I head you SO loud & clear.
    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


    • #3
      Jingles for your girl!
      Roseknoll Sporthorses


      • #4
        Mine were hugged 15 minutes ago. And kissed.

        You are so right. They owe us NOTHING. We built our programs with them. We owe THEM.
        "No matter how cynical I get its just not enough to keep up." Lily Tomlin


        • #5
          I hope your girl is okay. Please keep us posted!! Jingles too.
          http://www.talloaksfarm.net ---"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." --- Winston Churchill


          • #6
            Sending hugs and jingles also Jaeme. I hope she is Ok.


            • #7
              aWWWEE...GIVE her a hug for me too. My mare is 18 this year and expecting a foal in July. She gave me a keeper colt AND a keeper filly already. A Torino foal is on the way. Heck, I guess they're all keepers!! :-) She also broke or moved a hip bone when she was around 10 or 11 and I've been so grateful that she could have foals as they are all wonderful. She is such a good mom and broodmare. It's amazing because you can actually see the bump beside her vulva where a bone was "relocated" after her fall. Let us know what your girl has!!
              Dark Horse Farm


              • #8
                Originally posted by pintopiaffe View Post
                She owes me nothing, I owe her EVERYTHING.

                Wow, wow, wow, I wish more people thought the way you do. Hugs to you and your mare, I've got two old gals of my own and they are worth their weight in gold.


                • Original Poster

                  Well, so far so good. It's dark out, of course, but she seems to be moving fine and I can't find any swelling or heat... we'll see what daylight brings before I stop holding my breath, but she seems bright and perky.

                  I sometimes question our sanity, that we get involved with these creatures whom we know will leave before us. It's not that she was hurt so terribly today, it's that in a heartbeat I was reminded she COULD be. And it's the first time ever she's looked anything near her age. Even with the funky hips and atrophy, she never has shown the years and mileage...

                  We've been together 19 years now. Where on earth has it gone?

                  She waits for me these days, before foaling. She was in pretty good stage 2 for a while this last one, when I finally gave in and went out to pick out the stall and rebank it. She waited for me to finish, and as I stepped out, broke her water and got down to business. I *swear* she would've gone 2 hours earlier if I'd been out there instead of watching on the camera trying to afford her privacy. (and I almost heard her grumbling "what TOOK you so long?" )

                  I wouldn't have gotten into breeding or have my own stallion(s) if not for her injury. I probably would still be a single-horse-owner, probably in a much larger city as I market hopped in my old career. But because of her injury I bred her again and the rest is history. I doubt I'd have my own beautiful farm even. I really do owe her everything.

                  Of eight foals, I've presented three, they were Gold, Silver and Bronze. Out of different stallions. She's taught no less than three eager young lads the ways of the world, and taught EVERYONE manners. Of course she'll also nurse anyone if they hang around long enough and sweet talk her.

                  I love my stallion, in a way quite different from the girls. But my girls, especially the grand old gems... they just MOVE me. Here's hoping morning news is still good.
                  InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                  Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                  • #10
                    Couldn't have said it better *hugs*

                    My Grand Old Girl is 20 this year - she's had 14 foals. Didn't get in foal last year so we think she's done. Which is perfectly fine.

                    Her last 5 foals have been fillies and we've retained her last filly as our 'keeper' filly. Parents went back to Ireland a couple of weeks ago and my dad is VERY pleased with how the filly is coming along. Filly looks great - as does Momma. She's still Queen of the Herd and bossing around the other mares
                    *The Quietman ~ Irish Approved Gr.1 Stallion
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                    • #11
                      Jingles for your wonderful old girl. Keep us posted.
                      I have one that is going to foal in August at 20, and another that is going to get bred at 19.

                      Home of Ironman: GOV, BWP, RPSI, CSHA, AWR, ISR Oldenburg, CWHBA, CSHA, CS, and PHR.


                      • #12
                        Jingles. I have a grand old mare myself. She evented up to intermeidate before she had a freak accident and bowed a tendon. I retired her at 14, and will keep her as long as she's happy and healthy. She's 18 now.
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                        • #13
                          I love my beautiful grande mare. She is 21 this year, looks 12. She had 4 very nice foals, the last two years ago, my keeper colt. I let her tell me if she wanted to retire and be a pasture pet or be ridden a bit more. She seems most happy being ridden and very lightly jumping around a little (she says jumping is WAY more fun than flat work!). Cinnabar is my heart, I am blessed to have her. She gets big hugs and nose smooches every day. Cheers to all the lovely old gals.


                          • #14
                            Sending many jingles your grand old lady's way.
                            Mary Lou


                            Member OMGiH I loff my mares clique


                            • #15
                              Hope your girl is still doing fine!


                              • Original Poster

                                She looks fine. I think I am probably just paranoid. But thanks for the well wishes.

                                And I love hearing about the other Grand old gals... they are just so precious!

                                I couriered another swim team up to NK yesterday, and worried about her all day, but she really seems to be moving fine and doing fine. I suspect she hit a hip or hock or something like a 'funny bone.' Just went down weird.

                                P&E is ordered but not started yet, so still a few weeks off from breeding. I'll have a chance to be sure that pelvis is truly ok before taking the chance.

                                PHEW. Seems like we missed that bullet, but it sure was a good wakeup call.
                                InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                                Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)