Saturday, February 10, 2018

Waving Good-Bye to my Dreams of a Klein Baby


For years now I've had this dream of a Klein baby.  I even have a name picked out (which I will save for a special filly later on).  Klein is my Horse of a Lifetime, my Heart Horse, and there will never be another like her, ever.  In addition, she physically, and mentally, is great breeding material.  She's built exceedingly well, she has good feet, she's amazingly athletic, she's sane yet has an insanely strong work ethic.  Anything she could produce would be amazing, or would it? 



I have been drooling over Million Dollar BWP for a couple years now too.  I WANT A FOAL FROM HIM.  He's such a freak that people thought some of his jumping pictures from inspections were photoshopped, they're not.

Images courtesy of https://www.holsteiner-verband.de




Unbelieveable, right?  You can read a little about him here:  Million Dollar BWP

And, of course you need to watch this video:


I've been watching his foals too.  He has some in the U.S. that are looking pretty promising.  However, while I would have loved for this guy to make a Klein baby, there's nothing stopping me from getting one of his foals from another mare.

We all know you roll the dice with breeding.  You could have two horses that you would think would be fail proof to produce something stellar, but there's always the chance that you'll get something you don't want.  By don't want, for me, that would be something that would have some kind of physical issue that would not allow for many years of riding.  What if it comes out with legs so crooked it would never hold up for any kind of riding?  By default I'd have to keep it anyway because I couldn't get rid of a Klein baby no matter what.

The biggest thing that has always been in the back of my mind with breeding her is what if something goes wrong and something happens to her?  I would NEVER forgive myself.  Breeding is an elective procedure.  She doesn't have to be bred, so if something happened, especially with a procedure that wasn't even necessary, devastated doesn't begin to describe the level of destruction it would do to me.

What if something happens to the baby?  What if it gets deathly ill shortly after birth?  What if it's a stillborn?  What if it's a Cyclops Foal (YouTube that if you haven't seen one, it's real)?  Recently I've read about Torsion Colic and Pregnancy Seizures (and saw a heartbreaking video of a mare having one of those seizures).  What if those things happened?  I know, the what ifs can go on forever, there are hundreds if not thousands of what ifs.  I also know the risk of those things happening is very low.  However, even with the low risk, I have decided it's just not worth it to me.  I also know that something could happen in the pasture tomorrow, but again, breeding is elective.

Some more pros to not breeding her are that the next mare (that's one right there, that it WILL be a filly) I buy will guaranteed be healthy, with good confirmation.  I will know exactly what I am getting and get to physically see it before deciding.

If I win the PowerBall at some point, a Klein clone isn't out of the question, but breeding is just not going to happen.


60 comments:

  1. Breeding is definitely a gamble. I did not know it until after I bought a pregnant mare. We lucked out by getting a super colt who has turned into an awesome stallion. But I will say he was supposed to be a filly. PS there is always embryo transfer... but same issue with the foal.

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    1. Ha, you read my mind. I was going to put that in there, but say the same thing. I still wouldn't know 100% what exactly I was getting.

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  2. I’ve been chewing over this exact same thing about breeding Katai but for the same reasons I keep talking myself out of it. It’s still an idea that I’m hanging onto for a bit but there would have to be a lot of different things that fall into place first.

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    1. Same situation here. I would go back and forth and try to figure out when the right time would be and then I finally arrived at this point.

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  3. These are all things that I ask people to consider when they want to breed a mare that they love. Just like humans, foals are not guaranteed to come out like their parents. The risks to both mom and baby can be pretty scary. Of course, things can go perfectly and you can get a wonderful foal with lots of talent that fulfills all your dreams, but in a lot of ways, buying is a more surefire way to go. Great post! Lots of food for thought.

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    1. Thank you, Dom! And my next horse I will 100% be competing and very active with so I need a sure thing, and not get stuck with something that didn't turn out great yet I can't part with.

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  4. I’ll never say never, but I don’t foresee breeding a horse to be in my future. Too many risks and unknowns when there are many, many amazing horses already out there

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    1. There sure are some special ones out there that if you're willing to spend the time looking for, you will find them.

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  5. I won't lie, I was a little disappointed when you said you werent going to breed klein, purely because i think she'd make a bomb ass mom (pun intended??) and have some awesome progeny. but I 150% understand your reasoning and I appreciate it.

    Plus, you could always gank one of her eggs!!

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    1. She LOVES babies too. Every time she has been out with one it always clings to her and she is totally fine with it. So if any of my friends needed a nurse mare, I would let Klein do that. And true, I could do that but I would still end up in the same spot of not knowing for sure what the end result would be.

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