Breeding older mares?? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 08-09-2011, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 130
• Horses: 1
Question Breeding older mares??

Is is safe/advisable to breed a mare when she's past the ten year old mark, or as she gets older, if she's never been bred before? What can the consequences be?
Falicity is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 15 Old 08-10-2011, 12:41 AM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,952
• Horses: 3
You'll get a foal? Ten years old isn't that bad or risky in my experience.
waresbear is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 08-10-2011, 03:19 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: California
Posts: 1,207
• Horses: 1
Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
You'll get a foal?

Anyway, I've heard of horses being bred way older then 10.
Domino13011 is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 08-10-2011, 09:23 AM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 346
• Horses: 3
A ten year old mare is not old at all. Shes just coming in her prime years.
gigem88 likes this.
weefoal is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 08-10-2011, 09:53 AM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 699
• Horses: 2
I think the OP is asking if it is ok to breed a 10 yr old maiden...
Generally the older a mare gets, the more difficult it is for her to catch the first time, but other than that there isn't usually any more problems with the pregnancy than with a younger maiden.

Sonya ~ 5 yr old Appaloosa/Welsh mare
ilovesonya is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 08-10-2011, 10:02 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 539
• Horses: 0
I've been told that 12 is a perfect age for breeding a maiden and that people have bred 17 and 18 year olds for the first time, so no, 10 is not too old. Other than that, there's no real risks attached to a horse in her teens having a first foal-she just might not be as likely to catch, as ilovesonya said.
pintophile is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 08-10-2011, 02:47 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 12
• Horses: 0
10 is an awesome age for breeding. Good luck
JumperWithFire is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 08-10-2011, 02:50 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Posts: 7,157
• Horses: 2
Let me just add that breeding is a huge responsibility. It takes a lot of time, money, and planning- and any pregnancy can be risky. Before you breed, look at all of your options. What do you want the foal for? Would it be a better idea to buy a foal than to risk your own mare? Are you willing to do all of the training? Are you capable? What kind of market would there be if you needed to sell it?

Don't jump into things head-first. Evaluate and plan.
haleylvsshammy likes this.

Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.
Endiku is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 08-12-2011, 08:08 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 2,827
• Horses: 8
10 years is a fine age for a Maiden.. Probably be about the age my Arab will be when I'm through showing her and she's a Maiden...

For those who don't like me-- it's mind over matter; I don't mind - - and you don't matter.
Druydess is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 08-12-2011, 09:37 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,425
• Horses: 6
Please, lets not start this into a "Don't breed" conversation.

OP, I bred my maiden mare at 16 years of age. Probably not the best idea in the world, but not horrid. She foaled with out a hitch in the least, wonderful mother except she didn't want to wean! Even after I kept the foal away for a few months, she would let him suckle.

So no, 10 years of age is fine, though like one person said, it could come with a bit of complications with a maiden mare.
Ladybug2001 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trying to find out my rescue mares breeding. Rockstar10 Horse Breeding 1 12-15-2010 09:00 PM
Breeding Quality Mares Critique StylishK Horse Breeding 48 04-11-2010 09:09 PM
~ Breeding Older Mare -- Advice wanted flamingauburnmustang Horse Breeding 21 11-25-2009 08:01 AM
Miniature horse breeding maden mares Jadores Miniature horses Horse Breeding 5 05-29-2009 02:08 PM
Breeding an older mare. firelight27 Horse Breeding 8 07-18-2008 05:24 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome