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    04-09-2012, 07:45 PM
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Breeding 21 yr old mare

I was told she was bred yrs ago but only once. I do understand that there are risks w/ breeding a mare this old. She has some good names on her papers and I was looking at her this weekend and I thought maybe breeding her. I'm what you all to look at her pic and tell me would you do it.
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    04-09-2012, 07:49 PM
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Need better pictures.
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    04-09-2012, 07:54 PM
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Need better pictures.
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I'm trying to find more.
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    04-09-2012, 07:54 PM
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Good names on her pedigree are no reason to breed.
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    04-09-2012, 08:02 PM
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Wasn't really meant like sorry for the sensitive people.
     
    04-09-2012, 08:24 PM
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Trained
I think just based on the fact that you are asking if you should breed her, that you shouldn't breed her. If you were really planning on it, you wouldn't need advice from other people.

Now for the horse. She looks like she maintains her weight well for a 21 year old. She has produced at least one foal before which is good. If she was a maiden, I'd say now way to breeding her. If she is healthy and up to date on everything then yes, you could breed her.

Now, here are some questions.
Her pedigree states that she has some good horses in her. Which is good. But, how is her conformation? Some good pictures of her, full body shots (including legs and hooves), back end shots, front end shots. Has she been tested for genetic diseases? If she carries Impressive in her pedigree, has she been tested for HYPP. She looks QH, correct? Has she been tested for other diseases that Quarter Horses are known to carry?

What does she have that is breeding quality? Does she have a nice temperament and work ethic? It's not all about pedigree's and conformation, you have to have a good disposition as well. Does she have a show record?

What type of stallion are you looking to breed her to? If it's just a "decent" quality stallion for $400 off of craigslist, I wouldn't even consider it. You should have the nicest possible stallion that you can afford. I wouldn't even go under the $500 mark unless the horse has a show record and the breeders are just trying to keep the price low due to the economy/younger horse just starting out but has exceptional potential for a stud. (The Great White Hope is a prime example. His stud fee is $400 right now but he has a good pedigree, I like the way he looks, and he has a show record)

Ontop of all of that...Can YOU afford it?

Can you afford the stud fee, booking fee, AI fees, vet fees, ultrasound fees, feed etc? A older horse like this is probably going to require extra care while pregnant. You MUST ultrasound her after 18 days to confirm she is in foal and to check for twins. Twins are deadly for a younger horse, let alone one much much older. And it's best to know if she's bred or not so you can plan the next year accordingly.

She'll require extra feed. Maybe special grain/supplements. She looks to be in decent shape, but I don't know how old those pictures are. You'll need to keep her in top condition so she'll be able to make it through labor without many problems. A good exercise program is best and will require more work on your part.

Someone MUST be home with her while she foals. Since she's older, she's more likely to have problems while in labor. If you can't be home to keep an eye on her, don't breed her. You could lose her very easily.

Lastly, are you prepared to lose her if it comes to that? And are you able to properly care for an orphaned foal? Breeding a mare is a big commitment no matter what age the horse is. It's best your prepared for what could happen, not saying it will, but stuff goes wrong and it's best to know beforehand rather then get in over your head.
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    04-09-2012, 08:54 PM
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I own 11 quarter horses and she is the sweetest one in the barn. She is UTD on all shots and worming. True if I really wanted to do I would but I really just wanted to see what people thought about it. I really wasn't looking for approval or anything like that. Paying for extra feed and vet bills is fine w/ me because I totally believe she wouldn't have any problems. I really don't want to lose her but if I did I would be ok because even w/ us human death is a part of life.
     
    04-09-2012, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by cjmanson1    
I own 11 quarter horses and she is the sweetest one in the barn. She is UTD on all shots and worming. True if I really wanted to do I would but I really just wanted to see what people thought about it. I really wasn't looking for approval or anything like that. Paying for extra feed and vet bills is fine w/ me because I totally believe she wouldn't have any problems. I really don't want to lose her but if I did I would be ok because even w/ us human death is a part of life.
Wow......
     
    04-09-2012, 09:59 PM
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Trained
I think you are asking if she can be bred and if she will take.
The answer to both is yes. She may have a harder time getting in foal. I have had a 27 year old mare foal no problem. She had not had a foal since she was 21. Surprised the #@!$ out of all of us. Shalom
     
    04-09-2012, 10:32 PM
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Can she be bred? Of course. Will she take? Maybe, maybe not.

If you don't have it, get the book Blessed are the Broodmares. It's an invaluable tool.

I won't comment on what appears to be a rather callous and cavalier attitude toward the mare.
     

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