Okay...so first the bad news...
My gray Tiny Watch mare is not bred. :-(
Well, I've got plan B and plan C to fall back on. Plan B is embryo transfer. It's going to cost an additional $3500 to make that happen next spring. Plan C is scraping the idea I will get a foal out of the gray TW mare and simply substituting the brown TW mare in her place. Man, I hate the idea of Plan C, but I WILL get me a Tiny Watch/Letta Hank Do It foal!!!
Interestingly enough, I actually have someone else who would very much like to have an embryo out of the gray mare, but sired by her young...and as yet unproven...son of Frenchman's Guy. This young stud is out of a daughter of Dash Ta Fame, with a Mito Paint/Three O's tail line. Truth of the matter is...I wouldn't mind having a foal by that stallion myself. You just cannot seem to go wrong when you cross the Tiny Watch blood onto the Frenchman's Guy blood. I was a little bit leery of the Dash Ta Fame blood, but this horse doesn't seem to have the quirky nature that some of the DTF's are noted for and should be a safe cross. Once I knew I would be looking at ETing next year anyway, I let her know that the possibility of her also getting an ET was available sooner than I had originally thought. She is thinking about it and discussing it with her SO. I told her not to worry. We have months until any decisions have to be made.
I won't charge her for the embryo (she'll be paying all of her own costs to make that happen), but I will probably ask her if I can get a free breeding to the FG stud for my brown TW mare. I was wanting to cross the brown mare onto a FG stallion anyway. I had picked out Frenchman's Fabulous...but this younger stud has just as good of bloodlines as FF. He's just not 'known' yet. I don't mind getting in on the ground floor with a younger stallion when the genetics are comparable. And getting a free breed for the brown mare will certainly help me out financially. My whole breeding budget will be swallowed up on my own ET and I simply cannot afford to let the brown TW mare sit open for another year.
I guess if this lady decides against the embryo transfer, I will simply have to breed both Frenchie and the brown TW mare to our ranch stud. It's not a 'worst case' scenario, I actually would like to see what that would produce, but there is going to be a complete and total lack of 'color' possibility and not even any 'chrome' to liven things up a bit. Hey...Not that I seem to be able to get any 'color' anyway. LOL.
Of course, the gray mare being open presents another problem too. I will probably have to leave Beretta open another year, but that isn't a huge deal to me. She is the youngest of my broodmares, so time is not a factor with her like it is with these older broodies. I know the owner of Firewater Fooler will be sad to hear I am not breeding her back right away, but eventually she will get bred back to FF. I mean, Ruger is just too nice of a colt to not want to make more of.
And while all of this stuff is rattling around in my head...All I can think is...Thank God Sassy is bred!! If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have ANY babies to look forward to next spring. Sassy has assured Cindy D. on numerous occasions that she is in fact, baking the perfect palomino filly. ;-). LOL