I have made several posts in the past regarding my young warmblood filly whom was diagnosed with a bone lesion on her C6/7 vertebrae. We have done extensive diagnostics and treatment in hopes of making her a sound, rideable, competitive show horse one day. She will be turning 4 in April.
I’m trying to prepare for the worst at it has been gut-wrenching playing the waiting game. This was my first horse I’ve ever purchased (after coming off of MANY leases) and she is my world. We are due to start training back in April after her fourth birthday, and in the case we cannot keep her sound, I am looking for options. One of those, being an ET surrogate.
I’m not too familiar with the process as I’ve never been interested in breeding, and I don’t believe my mare is worthy of conceiving her own (decent breeding and movement, but no performance record). I unfortunately cannot afford to keep her as a pet and have an additional competition horse, as sad as that is, as she is only four. I would be willing to vet her and have a breeding soundness exam done to rule out any potential issues. That being said, would she qualify as an ET surrogate, being only 4 and maiden? Would breeders be interested in using her for a breeding lease? I’m interested in what COTH has to say regarding this topic as I am quite uneducated in the world of horse breeding!
Feel free to tell me if this is also a terrible idea and what (if any) my other options would be. Thanks in advance.