Breeding an older mare.
I plan on breeding my 14 year old mare this August. I'm not sure if she has ever foaled, but she is always in excellent condition. I am not too worried about getting her pregnant, although I do not know if she has ever carried a foal before.
I am, however, planning on breeding my paint mare next season. She will be 18 years old. I have no idea if she has ever been bred. I know she had some sort of western pleasure career and a lot of training. Her vagina seems to be longer and "looser" than my other mare, and a number of young, definitely unbred mares I have had. Could this indicate previous breedings? Also, how big of an opening is too big? It almost seems like it is too long... possibly a wind sucker conformation? In that case, how effective is a caslicks operation?
Secondly, I worry about breeding her at such a late age. Does anyone have experience breeding older mares, or can tell me stories of older mares they have bred and what challenges they faced. I'm leaning towards thinking she isn't a maiden mare, which I'm sure helps at her age.
I have to get her weight normal. I just got her not long ago and she is little thin. So I'm waiting until next season. Its tricky because she needs time to get in good foaling condition, but waiting another year doesn't improve my chances. I will of course have a breeding soundness exam done, I just wanted to know opinions, and hear experiences.