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post #1 of 73 Old 05-14-2009, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question do i breed her?

i need help as i have been asked if i want to breed my mare april to a verry nice stally that my freind knows

she is 17 years old but people dont think her age is a problem she is verry fit and healthy
the vet said she will be fine but i want to know other peoples thorts

is 17 too old ?
or just fine?

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Is she a maiden?
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post #3 of 73 Old 05-14-2009, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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yes she is
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If the vet thinks she is okay for the job, i would. You may be surprised with her. =)
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If the vet says that she is okay to breed then you should be a-okay... Just take into consideration of what you want to do with the baby, conformation...blah blah It's a loonngg 11 Im hopefully going to be ending my 11 month waiting game soon.... Let us know what you decide to do with your girl would love to know! :)
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Originally Posted by PontiMinto View Post
i need help as i have been asked if i want to breed my mare april to a verry nice stally that my freind knows
Why do you want to breed her? Pregnancy is hard on the body. Is she registered? Is the stallion? What is her conformation? The stallion's? Do they compliment each other? Will the baby be registered? Can you afford the extra feed, vet care, foal care, baby training? What happens if she gets ill?

There's an awful lot to consider. I'd not breed a mare unless her form and the sire's form is excellent. There are so many foals and yearlings who are being given away or sold for less than $500. Even if you don't pay for the breeding you'll have more than $500 in the foal.

Breeding is something people should do only after careful consideration.

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What are you planning on doing with the baby?
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I second what Joshie said.

I would only breed if both were registered and had good conformation AND TEMPERAMENT as well as complimenting one another.

Personally, I wouldn't breed a horse unless I was a breeding stable or wanted a new foal for myself to train and keep forever.

17 for a healthy horse is perfectly fine breeding age, in my opinion. Especially with a vet OK.

But before I say 'yes' or 'no' I'd need more info. Just because a stallion is available and cheap (or free) doesn't mean you should necessarily breed.


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Wow... I didn't realise you were planning on breeding April.
I think she'd make a good Mummy. I was going to breed her myself before I sold her to you if I had kept her long enough. But once she got diagnosed with arthritis, I decided against it.
But if the vet thinks she'll be good to go, then woohoo! Little April babies.

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Depending on the severity and location of the arthritis, having to carry a foal for 11 months could be very detrimental to your mare's health.

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