Every damn year, there's some debacle on Marestare involving bad breeder behavior. Last year I believe we had dying twins because someone didn't ultrasound and whoopsy got surprised. It's so great when the public can watch your foals die live on the Internet (usually while you panic and run around like a chicken with its head cut off).
This year, an alert Fugly reader sent me this thread from the forums about a mare who was observed to be down for most of the day. While some of the concern was, um, ill-considered (one chick wanted to "call 911" for the mare...um dumbass, that's a good way to get in a HEAP of trouble, 911 is for HUMAN emergencies!), at least the posters were concerned about the mare - more than I can say for her breeder. Someone called her and got the following update:
MY GOD! Hasn't she done enough? Hasn't she put enough money in yours or someone else's pockets at this point?
She is eighteen and she is hurting. LET THE POOR THING BE A PASTURE PET. And if she's not even comfortable for that, do the right thing and put her to sleep.
I don't have a problem with a mildly lame mare (from a performance injury) being used for breeding, but there's a big difference between mildly lame and crippled. This one's crippled, everybody's seen her hobbling around in pain live online, she's done her time and she needs to be retired. Not re-sold to punch out more babies until she winds up dying in agony in a sling like this mare.