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post #1 of 12 Old 09-02-2008, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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breeding age..

this might sound like a dumb question but what age do y'all think is to old to breed a mare that's in good heath??

like is 15 to old to breed a mare?
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-02-2008, 08:45 PM
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I wouldn't say that's too old, but it really depends on the individual horse. Maybe you could get your vet out to evaluate her for any problems and give you the go-ahead.
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-02-2008, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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yea thats a for sure thing i would have the vet out to make sure she was able to....

I was asking because the mare I'm buying now is 13 and maybe in a year or two i want to breed her MAYBE.. depending if the vet said she was fine to have a foal or not and how much knowledge I have by then aswell but I just wanted some other opinions about the age thing..
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The older a Mare is the more difficult it can be to get her into foal especially if she has never had a foal before. Of course any Maiden mare needs to be watched a little closer for problems arrising with foaling. Personally I wouldn't breed a 15 year old mare if she has never foaled before. But then I don't think it is right to breed two or three year olds either. JMO
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yea i see what you mean.. idk I'll have to ask her owners if she's had foals b4 but thanks
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I dont think its a bad age to breed, but if she is a maiden or hasn't had a foal in a few years it may be hard to settle her.

Mares do best on a yearly foaling schedule as they get older, thats how their bodies are designed. Once they start skipping years it gets harder to get them in foal
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-03-2008, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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oh really? I didnt know that i know for sure she hasnt had a foal in 6 years... =\
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my mare is going on 15 and i am going to breed her within the next 6 months or so. it will be her first. it is harder for an older mare to have her maiden pregnancy but if you have a vet check before hand you should have less troubles. as mentioned it would be good to know if she has foaled before. it will be somewhat easier for her to foal again if she has already but at her age it may still be a little more difficult. good luck :)

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my mare is going on 15 and i am going to breed her within the next 6 months or so. it will be her first. it is harder for an older mare to have her maiden pregnancy but if you have a vet check before hand you should have less troubles. as mentioned it would be good to know if she has foaled before. it will be somewhat easier for her to foal again if she has already but at her age it may still be a little more difficult. good luck :)
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