When I bought my two miniature horses, they were underfed and neglected. It wasn’t until I got them home I noticed the mare looked pregnant. The vet confirmed it during her check up of them and a few months later Jumpin Jaxx was born. He’s now 8 months old and after going back and forth of whether to keep him or not, I made the decision to sell him. He, as of Sunday, is with a very nice family with three little girls who shower him with attention, all of which he eats up. There was another horse who was alone until Jaxx arrived and couldn’t have been happier now having someone with him. He followed Jaxx everywhere which was good for Jaxx to have someone ready to be with him as he transitions.
Upon returning home from delivery, America (the mare) was standing at the gate watching for him. She whinnied all afternoon and evening. She stood at the gate waiting halfway through the night when typically she would be in the barn. Yesterday was better but last night she stood at the gate waiting again. I know she’ll be okay in time, but in the meantime this is very stressful for her – and me.
Unless Legacy (the previous stallion who is now a gelding) got to her before he went sterile, there will be no more foals to worry about. On the off chance she were to be pregnant, we’ll work it out to accommodate three versus our current set up which works well for two. I won’t put her through that again, nor do I want to watch her go through it. Maybe I’m not the rancher I should be, but each one of my animals are my babies. I don’t regret my decision. I made it and I stand by it. Having said that, there will not be a repeat performance.