Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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I would definitely get a vet out to do a soundness exam on her, being that she's 18. Mares can be too old to breed at that age without some sort of concern, especially to breed and expect a very smooth and easy ride, as far as foaling goes. I
f the mare is 100 pounds overweight, and has no muscle mass, you're looking at a few months' (at least) feeding and conditioning to get her back to peak preformance. Then you want to look at the breeding timeline, i.e. heat cycles and gestation for when the foal is going to be born. If the mare isn't breeding sound until the fall, it's too late to breed her as far as cycles go.. and you don't want to foal being born in the middle of winter.
As AKPaintLover said, you have to think of all the costs involved in breeding a mare - vet costs for: initial exam, then AI (if it's not live cover) fees, then preg checks, then if there are complications, delivery costs. On top of that, there's the stud fee, mare care (if it's live cover), and boarding costs. And you're not guaranteed to get exactly what you want.
I would strongly recommend that you make sure this stallion has a live foal guarantee.
There is no guarantee that this pairing is going to produce the foal of your dreams - it could turn out exactly like you were hoping, but it could also produce a conformationally incorrect foal. You can talk a horse insurance provider in your state/province, but they won't provide insurance for an unborn foal, as there is too much chance. However, they might cover the mare for possible complications - all you can do is call them and talk to them.
I'm just warning you because I got suckered into the whole "foal fantasy," and blew $3000 for nothing - the mare didn't catch, and due to unforseen circumstances with the stallion, I couldn't re-breed her. This mare was 13 at the time as well, in the prime of her breeding health.
On the other hand, the stallion is gorgeous, and a great bet for producing a good foal.
Can you post pictures of the mare?
Would this be the mare's first foal? (Then I would really step back and talk to your vet about the feasability of having a healthy mare and foal.)
ps. I'm not trying to sound harsh at all!! I would love to own a foal, and plan on buying one (already on the ground) in the future, and will hopefully have my own breeding program when I'm "all growed up" and can properly affoard it. I'm just warning you because I got burned - bad - when I tried to do it a couple years back.
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