Saturday, May 2, 2009
My Stacy mare is about ready to foal and I have to decide what stallion to breed her to. The stallion that I had chosen does not live cover. I have AI'd her a half dozen times and only had one foal. I have better success with live cover. I know it is a wild idea, I want to breed her to her half brother Spider. I have been reading everything that I can find on this subject. Even though the paternal side is the same the maternal side of the horses doesn't have one ancestor in common. The chances of a defect are slim and most of the articles claim that it is ok as long as you do not exceed the 50% of one ancestor. Has anyone out there done this, own a horse that is closely related, or know of someone? How did it turn out, would they do it again? This baby is for me, I have no plans to sell it. Stacy is 18 years old with chronic laminitis, she wears special shoes. This years baby may be her last. After this one is born, I'm having the Chiropractor come out and adjust her. If he thinks another baby will be too hard on her she is done. She can just stand out there and eat until she is just to uncomfortable. I may take a lot a slamming over this, one of my friends wasn't thrilled with it. Maybe I'm being selfish wanting a foal out of the 2 horses that I love the most.