I have an arab mare, 18 years old, never been bred. She has good bloodlines, great conformation, and beautiful movement. She's pretty sane for an arab, too. I was seriously considering looking into breeding her this last spring, but school, finances, time, and a sane evaluation of my abilities convinced me to drop the idea.
There's a little part of me still entertaining the idea. DON'T WORRY, I'm not going to throw my mare in with the neighbor's mini stud just so I can have a foal in the pasture. :P (Not sure that would even work...) I know my limits and have plenty of knowledgable horse people around to keep me out of trouble. What I am wondering is, let's say I decided to breed her...
- I've heard it can be hard to get older maidens to conceive and sustain a foal...what kind of veterinary treatment would be involved in helping her out? Are we talking $100 of supplements or $1000s in tests and shots?
- Are older maidens at greater risk for delivery complications than younger broodmares?
- Which is more generally more reliable: AI or live cover?
- How careful do you have to be with a broodmare as far as not stressing her out?
If I didn't make it clear before, please know that I'm asking this mainly out of curiosity. I probably won't breed my mare because it's probably too expensive for me right now, but I just thought I'd ask so I can learn more about horse breeding. :) Thanks!