Hello - I'm wondering if anyone has experience or knowledge on breeding a mare with DJD?
By the way, please forgive the long post!
I have a beautiful and very feminine KWPN mare that is perfect for me in all respects: size, looks, temperament, movement, etc. The only problem is that she has developed DJD in her hocks and also very mild ringbone changes in one fetlock [this change only showed up when she bruised her foot and we were investigating with x-ray]...
But she's only 5, and will probably only give me another year or so of ridden/dressage work. I'll accept and appreciate every day I get with her and we have a true bond. I adore her, and she tries her little socks off for me, and she is teaching me so very much....and I want her again as my next horse, but without the soundness issues!
Her breeding is superb: she is a ster mare with both sides are top sires from a breeding and performance point of view [both sire and damsire being Grand Prix horses]. Her sire is Gribaldi, and her dam sire is a Rubenstein, and there is also Focus and Belisar. Her dam was a keur mare.
Both my vets [dedicated equine vets] are staggered that this is happening to her quite so quickly, and yet they are adamant I should breed from her, as they say that her condition is not really hereditary, but probably caused by overfeeding her as a foal. This is probably likely as she is only 15h3" and her breeders didn't keep her for themselves as she failed to make the height they required...my guess is that they tried to influence her final height by diet. However, although we are in touch with them, there is no way I can discover if they are genuine enough to tell me the true story here.
I do know that they bred another colt from my girls mother which they have kept. The mare then had an accident and had to be PTS.
Any advice, experiences, knowledge or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Frankly, I find all the terminology confusing...she has minute bone spurs near the joint...not yet producing any deterioration within the joint, but did cause inflamation which has now calmed down. The changes in her fetlock we think are a result of her habit of kicking the door to get attention....now she lives in a padded cell and wears padded boots when there is a risk of her kicking i.e. feed times!!!
Do you know of a mare with this condition that has bred successfully, or alternatively do you know if any that have passed it on to their offspring?
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