01-12-2010, 08:54 AM
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Thanks folks! The condolences do help a lot.
This would have been a dream filly, but I got two of those last year, too, and we will re-breed Sweetie to Destiny.
Destiny is "supposed" to only be here until fall, and then go spend a year in AR with the friend I co-own him with. We're supposed to switch him back and forth every year after this one... however, I am pretty resolved that if I keep breeding minis, i will ask her to sell me her interest in him.
I checked on Sweetie 3x last night. Each time, she was standing where she had delivered the filly (around the corner of the barn). Destiny and her 1/2 sister (bff) were in the barn (open stalls, they go in and out this time of year). That was sad but she whinnied and ran over time me each time anticipating food. She ate as normal this morning.
Breeding minis is not for the faint of heart. A lot trickier than full size horses. I had and showed minis for nearly 10 years before we got into breeding (really tried to have the best horses and learn a lot first). First of our mares to foal, we lost her and the mare and it wasn't for not trying hard. Our vet was with us from around 2am until dawn trying to save our mare. The 2nd year (last year), we had to hand raise one colt as he was rejected by his dam. Now we had 3 mares due for Spring 2010 and lost one of the three... Long time breeders have told me you get about 2 out of 3 w/o issues. :(