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post #1 of 11 Old 07-05-2009, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Cutoff age for breeding

Hi all,
I have a QH mare who I'd like to get a baby out of someday. She's 10 and has never been bred. My situation is that I'm a grad student and will be for the next 2+ years. I don't feel that I will have the time while in school to attend to/train a baby.
What do you feel is the cutoff age to breed a mare who's never been bred before? I don't want to stress her system out too much if I wait until she's 15 or so.

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-05-2009, 10:05 PM
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as long as she is healthy 15 is just fine. Some mares can be bred into there 20's some can't depends on the mare.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-05-2009, 10:09 PM
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We bred one of our QH mares at 22. It was her only foal, and we got the vet's ok.

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post #4 of 11 Old 07-06-2009, 07:09 PM
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Yeah, it depends on the state of the mare, but usually they can breed from 6 to 16 years of age, well at least I'm pretty sure.

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I have always been told by vets and breeders that a mare who has had some type of riding career besides pleasure riding should have their maiden foal not after 10 years of age. This is because of the condition endometriotis. Read up on it, talk to your vet about it and get your mare tested for it before you breed. Depending on if your mare has already developed this condition and the degree of it, you may already be SOL as for breeding her.
If she is relatively clean and you do get a foal out of her then that is awesome and greatly increases your chances for healthy pregnancies down the road. It is alright to have a second foal at 15+, but definitely not a maiden one.

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post #6 of 11 Old 07-07-2009, 11:14 PM
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If you have questions I would talk to your vet about it. It all usually depends on the mare. I know some people who had a maiden foal at 21. But my advice is to definitely consult with your vet.

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post #7 of 11 Old 07-08-2009, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all, I just wanted to get a general opinion.

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post #8 of 11 Old 07-08-2009, 08:38 PM
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It really depends on the mare, but to me I think if the horse is in great health than up to 18 years old is ok, but again depends on the mare. I wouldn't breed a mare that is over 20 years, imo.

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post #9 of 11 Old 07-08-2009, 08:47 PM
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I agree with what everyone is saying. Get a GOOD checkover from the vet. I was wary when we bred our older mare, but the vet said it was ok, and she was right.

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post #10 of 11 Old 07-08-2009, 09:29 PM
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ya just have your vet come look at her, and see if she is healthy enough and if all her baby things are working good.

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