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Breeding Confessions: What is YOUR biggest breeding regret?!

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  • Breeding Confessions: What is YOUR biggest breeding regret?!

    I know I have a couple! Whether its something you would do differently when chosing a stallion to breed to or something you would do (or not do) differently in your broodmare care, I'm sure we all could change some things! Lets hear yours!

  • #2
    I wish I had bred my TrakX mare to Sempatico again. I got a GORGEOUS colt the first time around, but opted to breed the next time to a very nice Trakehner (Hadrian). I really like my Hadrian gelding, but man-oh-man, was Monte ever NICE. And now Peanut's too old to breed again...

    Here's the 2005 gelding, Semper Fi, competing at Training level in eventing: http://www.hoofclix.com/The-ARK/2011...rk-01256-M.jpg

    And the 2007 Hadrian gelding, Siesta: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...5&l=3f972bb759
    Erin
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    • #3
      I have 2 biggest regrets.

      Losing Fuerst Honour and her Bravo foal due to a uterine bleed while she was foaling.

      Losing Luger, my 2 year old Landkonig gelding due to a broken leg.

      Both these losses still hurt almost as bad as when they occured and I still think of them often.
      Chris Misita
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      To dare; progress comes at this price. All sublime conquests are, more or less, the rewards of daring.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Erin Pittman View Post
        Here's the 2005 gelding, Semper Fi, competing at Training level in eventing: http://www.hoofclix.com/The-ARK/2011...rk-01256-M.jpg
        Wow he's nice. I can see why you regret not re-breeding. And hey, I planned on using the name Semprer Fi for 2012. I have 2 mares in foal to Sir Wanabi and LOVE that name for a colt... or gelding!
        Chris Misita
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        To dare; progress comes at this price. All sublime conquests are, more or less, the rewards of daring.
        Victor Hugo

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        • #5
          four....

          1) not keeping/breeding the beautiful little hanoverian (Pablito) I had that is now doing PSG.

          2) having to geld my Pony colt due to a heat trapping injury

          3) not being able to SEE some of the stallions I've used in person.

          4) selling my super broodmare who was a true sweet heart.
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          • #6
            I regret that the two times I used Silvermoon I didn't get a filly. The colts I did get were lovely but I wanted (still do!) my own mini-Matine so much it hurts.

            Some things are not meant to be. I just wish I understood why.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by stolensilver View Post
              I regret that the two times I used Silvermoon I didn't get a filly. The colts I did get were lovely but I wanted (still do!) my own mini-Matine so much it hurts.

              Some things are not meant to be. I just wish I understood why.
              That makes so much sense. I would have been happy for good, health colts, but so sad for the filly that might have been.
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              • #8
                Erin--I think your Hadrian gelding will end up just making you regret your mare is too old to breed to any stallion--both children look wonderful.:-)

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                  Goodpony,

                  My 2 largest regrets are your #s 3 and 4!!!

                  I should NOT have sold my last broodmare and I won't comment on one of the stallions I've used...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ridewithnopride View Post
                    I know I have a couple! Whether its something you would do differently when chosing a stallion to breed to or something you would do (or not do) differently in your broodmare care, I'm sure we all could change some things! Lets hear yours!
                    I would have flushed embryos from my now deceased TB mare (while she was still alive of course ...that read kinda weird hence the edit)...she was all that and a biscuit and I was just too poor to do anything about it.
                    Tamara
                    Last edited by Tamara in TN; Jan. 1, 2012, 10:40 PM.
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                    • #11
                      I regret promising my SO I wouldn't breed anymore
                      "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George

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                      • #12
                        I am with Tamara in TN, I had a big Swedish mare I sold earlier this year as I could not get her to carry a foal to term. Well she actually carried one but it was a colt (and lost the next 4 pregnancies) and I SO wanted a filly out of her. Still regret that financially I couldn't do an ET as I am a stay-at-home mom with 2 kids, not working and married to a totally non understanding non-horse hubby ;-) Maybe one day in the future, we will see...

                        Other than that I don't know about regrets but definite sadness and loss that I would love to change if I could. I lost my first broodmare this year when she haemorreaghed post foaling, had a foal that had to be euthanized due to a congenital defect and one mare that lost her prengnancy (Swedish mare I mentioned earlier) at 8 months so LOTS of heartache this year that is still painful to think about :-( Really hoping 2012 goes a LOT smoother.
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                        • #13
                          I regret not breeding my Donnerhall mare more in the past and selling my Don Schufro mare.
                          It's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on.”
                          ? Marilyn Monroe

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                          • #14
                            Regret not trying to breed Nootka to Balou Du Rouet again.

                            Selling Nootka
                            Draumr Hesta Farm
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                            • #15
                              Hmmmm...I try to not live with a sense of regret but there are a few 'wouldn't it have been nice to..."'s that I have.

                              1. Losing Savannah so early. Tagging along with that would be skipping breeding back the year after her first colt. Just wasted time and with him blossoming undersaddle...it would be awesome to have another close in age to also be riding. And a full sibling filly to breed would have been even nicer. Oh well we have other daughters but I would have loved to have a Weltmeyer filly from her.

                              2. Waiting so long to breed to Waldaire. But we made up for lost time once we bought him!

                              3. Losing Sophia (broken leg as a yearling), Westbrook (broken leg), Waldina (diaphramatic hernia), the Rosentau filly (twisted umbilicus), the black Dressage Royal colt (dystocia), the Waldaire/Wallstreet Kid colt (twisted umbilicus) and some of our others that have left too soon.

                              And that's about it...maybe not buying some Fuerst Heinrich semen when we could. Or some Federweisser or Eiger I but those are minor things, really. No regrets on the stallion choices we have made so far. Things happen for a reason!
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                              • #16
                                Starting breeding at all. Not knowing the expense and heartache that was coming. But that first little face is now under saddle and whilst I don't regret her in any way shape or form, I wish I had stopped at her.
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                                • #17
                                  Only one: not having the resources to breed on a bigger, better level.

                                  Oh...and of course losing Kinor (my cremello Akhal Teke stallion). He was just being discovered...

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                                  • #18
                                    I wish I could have done more competing and advertising with my stallions -- maybe done an approval. Not getting one of their daughters bred to Alysheba before he left for the Middle East or Darn That Alarm before he perished in a barn fire. I did get a filly by DTA's full brother - who is stunning and a keeper. Wish I was a bit younger and not so beat up -- would love to breed her once at least as well as my Oskar (TK) mare.
                                    PennyG

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by omare View Post
                                      Erin--I think your Hadrian gelding will end up just making you regret your mare is too old to breed to any stallion--both children look wonderful.:-)
                                      Very true! Peanut was such a good mom! She's living the life of luxury now, though - all she has to do is eat and poop. The Hadrian gelding is nice, but his conformation isn't nearly as nice as the Sempatico. He's a very sweet boy though and a very nice mover. Thanks, y'all.
                                      Peanut: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...9431620&type=3
                                      Last edited by Erin Pittman; Jan. 2, 2012, 07:14 PM.
                                      Erin
                                      Dodon Farm Training Center - on Facebook

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                                      • #20
                                        I regret losing valuable breeding years from my foundation mare trying to get that miracle baby from stallions with known bad semen. She did produce a "miracle" baby once for me, I just kept hoping for another.

                                        I also regret breeding a different older mare 5 years in a row.. three times each year without any results. I did switch vets 3 times and no one could find a problem. I should have taken her to a specialist year 2 in Kentucky. She was sold very cheaply as a riding horse in the end.

                                        I regret I am a slow learner with these type of matters
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