Stud farm life is a rollercoaster

Is there ever a good time to write a breeding season blog post? Maybe in the short days of January, before mares start foaling and we get busy lining mares up for covering? Or maybe in mid-February, when a few early foals are on the ground, and we have news of maiden mares covered.
March brings more foals, more mares covered, and, with luck, news of positive pregnancy scans. Then April rolls around, and we are in full swing, and time is at a premium.

Of course, we want to share good news, but it is not always plain sailing in the horse business, and we have had our share of setbacks in the early part of 2015. We delayed updating the blog, hoping to have a positive story to tell. But the latest, and most disappointing setback for all involved, was the loss on Saturday of the 2015 colt by Dawn Approach out of Wedding Gift.

From the conscientious efforts of vet Anja Rosenbrock to achieve a pregnancy, to the careful management of Wedding Gift by Ian and all the team at Tinnakill House through summer, autumn and winter, from the diligent monitoring of the health of mare and foetus by equine medicine specialist Kevin Corley to the professional efforts of Kevin’s team at Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital to deliver her colt on Thursday, we felt we had done everything possible to achieve a positive outcome. It was devastating to lose him just 36 hours later

But it’s always onwards in the bloodstock business – there are more mares to foal, more visits to the covering shed and more positive scans to look forward to over the next few weeks.

The next blog post will be a positive one!

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