Out of our Control

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In the late summer of 2007 we had a big, nice looking 3 year old filly come into our barn for a break after an unsuccessful diagnosis of a condition that was causing her to be "off" on the racetrack. She had been to different veterinarian facilities for a diagnosis, but nothing was determined.  This unknown issue resulted in the owner deciding to sell her.  For some reason, Mark saw great potential in this filly, but we didn't have the extra funds to purchase a horse at the time.  He contacted other clients and prospective buyers and told them about the opportunity to purchase the horse, but all declined.  When we were offered to purchase Brieforboxers on the cuff, (purchase price is paid out of the horse's earnings when she wins) we couldn't turn the opportunity down.  Sure enough, she was paid for after her 3rd race with us.  From that time on, she ran very well for us with a total lifetime record of 9 wins, 4 seconds and 10 thirds and earnings of $146,857.  Boxer was such a great horse on the racetrack!  She was fun to watch with the style of stalking the pace and then making a big, closing run down the stretch with a strong finish.  Not only was she fun to watch race, but she was the classiest horse we have ever raced.  She knew her job, loved her job and was a professional at her job.  She also knew how to take care of herself and wouldn't run in such a way to cause herself injury.  Mark was able to train her to work through her un-diagnosed "hitch" she had when we first got her.  Occasionally it affected her performance, but over all, she excelled past it.  At the end of her 9 year old season, we retired Boxer to the breeding shed.

Boxer has been one of those horses that touches your heart and you want to have her for the rest of her life.  So, we decided to include her into our breeding program for raising Accredited Ohio foals.  Last year we bred her to our Forestry stallion, Much the Best. We anxiously anticipated her delivery day and knew that being present was important for this big maiden mare.  She had a healthy but difficult delivery and what we thought was a healthy filly.  The filly was gorgeous and very sweet.  She is probably the most precious little chestnut foal ever.  She had a beautiful blaze and some white markings on her little hooves and legs.  Our hope was for her to grow big and strong and be a nice racehorse just like her momma.  The reality of that hope was slowly fading and as her first days transpired, we knew something wasn't right with the filly.  We had a vet out to examine her late on her 4th day of life and as the night went on, she seemed to have more issues and her condition worsened.  Early the next morning, we hauled her to the Equine Specialty Hospital leaving her worried momma at the farm.  The doctor was able to determine  that the little filly had a ruptured bladder.  She said this was more common with colts, but that it did occur with fillies.  During the birth, the pressure on the foal in the birth canal can cause a micro tear in the bladder. The tear eventually enlarges to a size where the urine produced in the foal fills the abdominal cavity and causes all kinds of damage and pain for the foal.  The post-op and pre-op complications added to the high risk of anesthesia on such a delicate state causes a large percentage of death in such a surgery that we opted to have the filly humanely euthanized.  The odds were against her for having a healthy life even if she did survive the surgery. It was a very tough decision for us and it broke our hearts to not be able to watch this precious life grow, but the blessing of having her for just a few days helps us realize how much in life is out of our control.  So, we say thanks and move on!  We plan on breeding Brieforboxers back to Much the Best this spring.  Our hope remains even in the unknown that is out of our control.

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