Long time reader, first time poster. Seeking support- or maybe gentle tough love on whether it’s time to give up!
I always wanted to breed my lovely part bred mare but the time was never right. Lost my job, accumulated debts, had a health issue, things kept getting in the way. Finally financially stable and able to look into it I have gone for it. But I think it may be too late and luck has not been on my side.
She’s been mine since she was just a baby, brought her on myself, I’ve dressaged with her, family and friends have show jumped and hacked and cross countried with her… she’s been a pleasure all her life, she’s beautiful, she’s kind natured, she’s just a really lovely, healthy, well built horse with competition records and an excellent assessment from a sport horse national body for her breeding potential.
However due to the circumstances noted she is now a 16 year old maiden.
Health and condition are excellent. Vets couldn’t be happier with her physically.
She’s not the biggest so I selected a stallion of a similar height with a good performance record, good record with maiden and tricky mares, and good temperament. He has foals this year. She’s receiving AI and chilled semen which has been checked and is great quality.
We just can’t seem to get things together. First time she was due to be inseminated she ovulated JUST too early - we give it a try but there was no pregnancy. The second time everything was in place and my horsebox broke down. The third time she was due I had an emergency at work and we missed the right time. The next time we were all set to go and the semen was not delivered by the transporter when promised and paid for. Finally, finally everything fell into place!! All the elements came together and she was inseminated then to my joy, she was scanned in foal. There were tears all round.
At her heartbeat scan it turned out she’d lost it. I can’t even begin to describe how I felt.
I’m now throwing the dice one last time. The vets have plans to try and help her keep the embryo if we can get one again. But I’m so scared it won’t work out.
Is she too old? I had her assessed before we started and the vets thought she was a good candidate although the age thing was flagged as a slight concern re fertility.
Financially my savings have taken a hell of a hit. But she’s a horse of a lifetime for me, and I can scrape together the cash… Maybe I could even try again next season… Maybe. But have I just waited too long?
When do you give up? Am I maybe jaded by how many things have gone wrong for us? Is there anything obvious I should consider to help my chances?
Anyone in the same boat needing a shoulder to cry on?!
It helped a bit just to write this all down, feeling like I’ve picked myself up off the floor again and to keep trying, but I know this forum is so knowledgeable and so experienced. I’d love to hear your thoughts, maybe even your stories of success against the odds!
Thank you for reading if you got this far!