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    10-03-2013, 06:32 PM
Breeding Young Horses

So I just wanted to ask opinions on what age is appropriate for the first breeding of a mare.

I know some people say 3, some 4, some 6-7 and some people I know have bred there mares at 2 years old.

So what are your opinions on what age is best suited for the first breeding? And why you think that!
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    10-03-2013, 06:35 PM
I definitley wouldnt breed a 2-5 aged horse, cause to me they are still young at that age. But that's just me. As far as evidence based about what age is good I honestly don't know.
    10-03-2013, 06:51 PM
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.
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    10-03-2013, 06:52 PM
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.
    10-03-2013, 06:53 PM
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.
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    10-03-2013, 10:00 PM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    

At 3-4 years old, what has the mare (or stallion) even done to warrent being bred? Chances are, not much.
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It's greed. That's all it is. They can't prove that their horses can do anything but reproduce, yet tout what amazing saddle horses/ examples of the breed etc.

If all they can do is reproduce, they're not a fine example of anything.
    10-03-2013, 10:08 PM
Heck not even three or four, but TWO.

There is no good reason on this earth to breed a 2-year-old. None what so ever.
    10-03-2013, 10:11 PM
Originally Posted by NdAppy    
Heck not even three or four, but TWO.

There is no good reason on this earth to breed a 2-year-old. None what so ever.
Completely agree.
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    10-03-2013, 10:42 PM
I won't even think about it til they're 4 ish.
    10-03-2013, 11:06 PM
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!
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