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I had to retire my mare

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Cjskip
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1343
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010 - 08:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is with a heavy heart that I'm retiring my older mare a year or two before I planned to.

Her leg gets so stiff sometimes. She managed the pregnancy this year okay, but I did feel bad for her sometimes. She foaled fine, and was better. But I think the foals running around have made her overuse her leg and it has been so stiff these past few days she won't even stand her ground at her grain pan.

So, Julie will be having no more babies. She is an awesome mare. Was a reining/penning in non-pro (I think) and won a lot of money for her young rider. She has heart and soul. I know people reading this know what I'm talking about.

It is sad, but I'm counting my blessings to have her filly. I'm keeping both of my foals this year.

Just thought I would share. I feel almost like she is being put down. Strange. I will keep her all her days unless I find the right kind of home for her.

God this is hard! I want more babies from her so bad. But I just can't ask it of her again.
 

Emily S; Atticus born 4/29/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 259
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 11:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm sorry, Cj. That really sucks but at least you have her filly. I feel the exact same way about my 23 year old mare. She is the best horse ever but she has had quite a few babies in the past and I have her son, so I just feel like she needs to live the rest of her life peacefully. At least you will be able to breed your filly someday! I had to geld my colt that's out of my mare, which kinda sucks, but he is a really sweet horse.

So I know how you feel!! Hang in there :-)
 

Pam Romjue
Yearling
Username: Pammysue

Post Number: 60
Registered: 03-2010
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 03:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So sorry to hear that Cj. At least you recognize that it is time to retire her and give her a great rest of her life that makes you a wonderful person and great horse owner!!!!
 

Susan
Breeding Stock
Username: Luv4mastiffs567

Post Number: 430
Registered: 05-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 06:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I agree with Pam!!!
 

Holly
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 2111
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 09:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sorry to hear Cj.Your an awesome owner for doing right by her!
 

Cjskip
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1353
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 03:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank-you all. It helps to know others understand how hard it is sometimes, to "do the right thing." She will have a good life for the rest of her years.

Emily, I understand about your gelding. I was thinking that if she had not had the filly, that would be the end of my connection to her. It does make it easier. Thanks for putting that perspective on it. :-)
 

Cyndi
Breeding Stock
Username: Jusblve

Post Number: 137
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I know how you all feel. I'm proud to be the owner of a 32 yr old broodmare that was put out to retirement when she was 20. She was given to me and is a foundation QH. I found one of her granddaughters through the APHA that lives about an hour away. Now the owner and I are friends and I can visit Willow whenever I want. Chance is in good health to be 32. Lots of people have told me she's dead weight and I should just get rid of her. I can't even explain how much I love this horse and how many young horses she's had to school just in the 10 yrs we've had her. She's worth her weight in gold and more.....She will never leave us till she's ready to go to heaven.
 

Cjskip
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1357
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 06:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh Cyndi. That brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful gift you are returning to her after her years of service.



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