Is 19 years old too old to breed?

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    11-08-2008, 05:13 PM
Question Is 19 years old too old to breed?

Hey there, I was wondering if you guys think that it would be wrong or not so much of a good idea to breed my 19 year old thoroughbred? she is in good health no lameness or health issues, nothing... I was thinking about breeding her with a Palomino Stud. But Im unsure if it is the right thing to do... your opinions matter to me, please let me know. Thank you
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    11-08-2008, 05:39 PM
There are so many horses out there. It would be much less expensive to purchase a foal that is already born. You could get a registered foal for much less than you would have in this cross.
    11-08-2008, 05:51 PM
Joshie is right about buying a foal would probably be the way to go. At 19 even with a healthy mare there can be complications. Do you know if she ever has had a foal before?? If she hasn't had a foal or its been years since she has had one the complications increase, and also harder to get into foal.
    11-08-2008, 05:51 PM
Yes but im not worried about the money I would like to have a foal from her, rather than buy one, im just trying to see if she would be too old or not
    11-08-2008, 05:57 PM
But we always need to consider what would happen to the resultant foal in the event our circumstances would change and we'd be unable to keep the foal. As the mother of two children I can tell you that you can never predict that an offspring will be like the parent. There's no guarantee at all that the foal would be at all like your mare.

Birth is hard on one's body. Has this mare ever had a foal? Is her conformation exceptional? This is important in predicting future health problems in a foal. Is she an easy keeper who is very healthy? Is she registered?
    11-08-2008, 06:17 PM
Generally speaking, no matter what the cicumstances are, the broodmares at the stable I work for retire them by the age of 20. Yes you can breed a mare at 19 and have no problems but these mares have been having foals since the age of 5 or 6 even younger. If she has NOT had a foal im sorry to say but for safety sake I wouldnt do it. If you don't like what your hearing here, try contacting your vet and asking their opinion on the matter.
    11-08-2008, 06:21 PM
I also think it wouldn't be a good idea; as there are more risks/complications if she's older. Purchasing a healthy foal that's already born is a good idea.
    11-08-2008, 06:28 PM
I would say don't breed her. It is very stressful on a mare.

Is your mare a fine example of the breed(great conformation, bloodlines, and ability)? What did she accomplish in her life?

Thoroughbreds are not in short supply, and even the best bred ones are not selling well.

Is this palomino stud you mentioned registered? Is he even a TB? Do you just like him because he's yellow or possilbly easily accessible? Has the stud produced anything worth mentioning?

Have you ever trained a foal? Foals are VERY easy to spoil and that is VERY hard to undo, especially if you don't know what you are doing.

Personality and being sweet, or other silly things are not good reasons for anything. Breeding, selling etc. How many "sweet" horses are people having trouble GIVING away.

Color is also not a good reason to breed.

Go to a few auctions. Even if you are not going to buy. Just go, and ask yourself if you really want to breed. You could easily say, "Mine will never end up at that auction." but how does that help the ones you see.

I have seen TB colts by a stallion with a $10,000 stud fee not get a bid at a breed auction.
    11-10-2008, 12:25 AM
I agee with the others.....but......a mare I knew of had her last foal at 25, unfurtunitly it did not servive, I had know this mare in her younger years when her first owner had her, I saw her at the st lazarre hunter trials a few years back and she looked so with drawn (just having lost her last foal) and aged.....i know that when I lived in montreal that my barn owner would have each mare checked by a vet before it was bred regruadless of age, I know when I left quebec the horse market was at a low, (it's been 3 years since i've moved) to the point where horses where just being given eguardless just think of the pros and cons of breeding.....
    11-13-2008, 06:13 PM
I would definitely say to buy a foal if you find one that you like. There are so many out there.
#1 do you know that your mare has had a foal in the past?
#2 consult with your vet and do a complete check to make sure she is healthy- and still there could be complications.

I bought a mare and didn't know she was in foal when I purchased her- she is 5 years old. I was a freak when I found out as I have had no foaling experiences and didn't want anything to my mare. Also if you buy a foal you don't miss out on riding time! Just something to consider!

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