I would only breed a horse a) if they are proven in a show ring b) if the horse is a great example of the breed, phenomenal conformation and c) once the mare has reached her full growth potential. That could be 4 years, or as late at 7/8 years. It all depends on their breed and the individual.
I personally would not breed a horse before 5 years od age. That's my own values, my own opinions.
I knew a "breeder" that allowed yearlings - 3 year olds to be bred. I saw first hand the results of that and will never condone that early breeding. Period.
At 3-4 years old, what has the mare (or stallion) even done to warrent being bred? Chances are, not much. Posted via Mobile Device
I bred my very mature four year old this year. She will be 5 before she throws the foal. I think breeding (at time of conception) anything less than that isn't mentally mature or physically mature enough to consider breeding.
I agree with morganarab- I would not breed before age five. I know a three year old who is pregnant and she is still so small and growing and viturally un handled. That will just make the whole process so much harder...both on the owners and the horse. I would want my horse to be mature- both physically and mentally, as well as well trained and safe. A nice show record would definitely be a plus. But breeding an untrained filly who is still a baby herself? Not for me.
We got 2 broodmares this past April, 1 was 11 and had a 5 month old filly at her side and the other was 3 and due to foal any day.
After the 3 year old had the colt, the difference in how these 2 mares mothered their foals were huge. I'm glad the older mare was there to help the younger one, she was just too young mentally to take care of her colt. She actually left him in the pasture twice, we had to go find him, he was sleeping, she left him to go eat her grain!
I may not know much and am fairly new to this, but 3 is way too young to breed! Posted via Mobile Device