I am back from delivering Frosty to his new home. It was an amazing trip. Couldn't be happier for the big buckskin!! But I am exhausted and having to deal with bad news first...
Miss, the gray mare is not breedable. I dropped her off at the breeding station before I left, knowing she would be coming into heat while I was gone and on my way home I got a call from the breeder and vet telling me that Miss's birth canal is filled with malenomas. Even if we could get her to carry a foal, she would be unable to deliver it.
I took a day to process the information and did a little research on the likelihood of harvesting some unfertilized eggs from her, since I cannot afford an embryo transfer this year, but that particular reproductive science has not been particularly successful and I finally had to conclude that I was just not going to get a foal out of that mare.
When I got home, I talked with the vet a little more about the possibility of waiting until next year to do an embryo transfer on her and he said that considering the rate of growth on the malenomas, it was highly unlikely she would even be able to accomplish that by next year.
So that is that.
Hopefully this doesn't come across as too harsh, but I picked the mare up from the breeding station and delivered her to the vet's for euthanasia.
Outwardly, Miss looked better than ever, but her insides are a different story and I was just not comfortable with the thought of bringing her home and letting her stand around until she did finally start going downhill externally. Who knows how much internal pain she would have to suffer before it became obvious on the outside? I just cannot stomach letting an animal suffer like that, so I just had to make the call that now was as good a time as any for her to be laid to rest. Lord knows the poor mare suffered enough in her life. Her last few years were good. That was the best I could do for her.