Friday, February 25, 2011

I Want A Baby

I want a baby. I want to hear the clippity-clop of tiny little hooves in the barn.

You do realize I'm talking about a foal, right? OK, good, because that would be one weird conversation otherwise.

Over the last few years I've been perfectly fine with not having any mares to foal out. No stressing over getting them bred, no increased expenses for pregnant mares, no getting up every single hour for two weeks and still missing the birth by minutes.

Actually, the only births I ever missed were Paula and her full brother. Their momma was sneaky like that. She apparently enjoyed her privacy.

Paula was an awfully cute baby. She had ears as long as her face, and because she was born with so much gray hair already, she looked roan.

See the bird on her neck?

Anyway, for some reason, this year it's hit me harder than it has in the past few--I do miss the excitement of not knowing what's going to be coming: a colt? A filly? Overo or solid? Gray or sorrel?

But then reality hits me and I remember that I don't even have enough time to spend on the horses that I do have, so why create another one? And the expense--well, between a stud fee, mare care, extra feed and vaccinations, vet bills, registrations, and the cost of feeding a foal (which is much more than feeding an adult horse)--it's outrageous. Right now all my money is going towards fixing up the farm and showing the horses I already have.

So I refrain. Could I do what I want? Sure. Should I do what I want? Absolutely not.

And honestly, I think my life is the better for it. Maybe one day, when I get one or two of the horses I have sold, and one of the girls has been promoted adequately, and I have my house done and my facilities all set up properly, I might decide to breed one, to carry on my program. But for the time being, the best thing I can do for my current horses, and for me, is to stay on course and try to make a better life for us all.

Steady as she goes,


Alan T Hainkel said...

Yeah, being practical sucks... :)

Grey Horse Matters said...

You're right "could and should" are two very different things. You have so much on your plate right now it would be hard to juggle it all.

The little ones are awfully cute though. I'd like to have one just once but we don't have the time or the space for one more horse, even if it is tiny and cute.

Jessie McCandless said...

Right on, Alan! LOL

Arlene, they are so cute, but so much work (and heartache).

Nicole said...

I agree with Alan's statement too!

But we have my husband's mare bred to my dad's stud... hopefully we'll get something... hopefully :)

Jessie McCandless said...

Nicole, I hope you share, that way I can live vicariously through you LOL!

Annette said...

I hear you. We used to have a neighbor who bred her mare a couple times. It was great fun for us -- all the excitement but none of the expense. She went out of town when one of them was due and I was tasked with watching for baby -- I was a wreck!

Krazy Cindy said...

I will breed my Layla when I get my house sold and find the right "man" for her. You can come visit and get your fill of a cute Arab baby, and there will be plenty of pics :-)

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

There is nothing as sweet to see as a foal, especially a cute one like this one! I too love the experience of the new baby, I also remember the attitude they soon develop...

The reason that really caused me to rethink the breeding issue, was were that baby would be once it left my farm...I was fortunate to find good homes (when they left) for the ones we raised, but with the expense of keeping a horse, I worry about the next home...

but still yearn for a baby, when I see them in the spring!