ridecamp@endurance.net: [endurance] breeding vs buying

[endurance] breeding vs buying

Carol Fisher (cfisher@sonic.net)
Fri, 09 Aug 1996 11:49:55 -0700

I just had my two mares -- full sisters aged 4 & 7 -- spayed because
they had very bad PMS (you could see them cramping!) and I wasn't
interested in going thru yet another nerve-wracking spring. Also,
hoped it would help reduce the possibilities of tie-up. They just had
their stitches out and are doing fine. UC Davis did it via
laproscope, involving 3 small incisions on each side, operation done
with horses standing, under local anesthesia. Three days in the
hospital, 2 weeks R&R.

What surprised me was how many people were surprised that I actually
DID THAT because these are good horses who are well-bred themselves.
All the what-ifs, and the accusation that I was reducing their value.

Well, in my humble opinion their value goes UP if they are ridable
year-round! And we'll make better teams if they are not in pain or in
total distraction. so, we'll see...