Hello all. I've been absent for a while. But I've been thinking about this forum lately. I love all the advise and knowledge here and I have a bit to talk about! First things first, I want to hear from you all who breed regularly. How often do issues with pregnancy and foaling present to you? Any common specific issues with maiden mares? What issues have reared their head more often. Second, I need advice. I've been made a deal with my mother's boss. They have a jack donkey and want to breed him to my Miss May. My mother and husband and I have all thought about this before, and it's easy to say in passing conversation "Yeah I totally want to do that. It's a great idea." But a real deal has been offered to me and a MILLION thoughts are churning in my head. Still needs working, but deal is essentially breed her in time to foal for their big Baby Animal Days, so early March would be ideal for foaling so it's not a brand spanking new baby. She and the foal stay there through April and are petted and loved on by guests. We do this twice and each get a foal. Basic vet bills would be assisted with. I'm struggling to decide what to do. I love the idea, and the deal isn't any different than deals my Grandpa made while breeding QHs my whole childhood and his whole life. Has anyone made deals like this? What should be negotiated? Everything in writing of course. My concerns are where she will foal, we will definitely need to make some improvements in our barn. And of course, all risk is on us. We could come out of this with one less horse instead of one more. Those are my biggest. My horses are on my in-laws property, and I've checked with them to make sure it's ok to add another. That's all good. I do want another, I think horses do better in 3s. But I'm also trying not to be baby hungry! Urgh! Now I'm just getting rambly. I want to hear from all of you before I go any further. Though I am to get them a decision in the next few days. Thanks in advance!