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post #11 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 11:31 PM
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If she is obese put her on a diet. Ride her to get her in shape.
If I want a mare to continue to be a broodmare into her late teens and 20's I make sure she is in good condition and excercised. I also keep her bred during her later teens and early 20's. At least a foal every other year.
Mares that age are sometimes harder to get into foal. I think that is where most of the problem lies with breeding an older mare.
I do not think the risk is much greater to an older mare compared to a younger mare. A risk that IMO is not that common for most mares.
I think that sometimes we as humans look at a mares age and compare it to human years. That is not reasonable.
If you have doubts take her to an experienced equine repro vet.
If I buy this mare that is where she is headed for the PPE. I am not spending money buying this mare if she has issues getting in foal next year. Shalom
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-18-2013, 12:33 AM
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my maiden was 12 when she foaled last month. She had no complications and the filly is healthy and super strong. My vet said when I bred her, that it was smart to do it now as she was getting up there in the breeding years as a maiden. My vet doesnt recommend breeding a maiden past 14/15 depending on the mare. Of course...there are always exceptions.
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Exact same age as my maiden mare (was about 15 years ago though) and the vet said the exact same thing as ClaPorte's vet.
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