Originally Posted by uppidycowgirl
From someone who has adopted and saved numerous wild horses and have been involved with mustangs for a long time, I have to say that although they breed young in the wild, the mortality rate is very high!! So why risk it, and why not wait til the filly is fully developed... Also just because she comes into heat doesn't mean she needs to be bred... hmm young girls start having a period at 11 and 12.... so does that mean they are mentally or physically ready to be a mother.... I think not...
I completely see your point. Nature obviously isn't interested in mental maturity and there is a load
of risks involved in breeding young. Many do make it through the pregnancy, foaling, and raising okay. In the wild, they have so many things stacked against them it's amazing how the manage to survive day by day.
Like I said, I would never personally breed that young. I gave my colt Red an extra year just to mature mentally and physically before breaking him to ride. I could have done it when he was four, but that extra year made a world of difference.
better to let a horse mature regardless if it's riding or breeding. But, if it was a true accident or if the mare was bought already pregnant. Then I don't see too much concern about it. So long as she is well cared for with a vet on-call, the whole ordeal should go over well.
Even mature, experienced mares have problem pregnancies sometimes. Some things just can't be avoided.