Does breeding a mare cause later issues with her back?

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Does breeding a mare cause later issues with her back?

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    09-26-2012, 11:58 PM
Does breeding a mare cause later issues with her back?

I'm hoping this is the right forum for this question. I'm considering purchasing a mare, she was bred at one point (I can't remember the age right now). So I'm just wondering, will her back have any ill-effects from carrying a foal? Or how will having carried a foal affect her soundness and suitablity for riding? If there is a better section for this question please let me know!
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    09-27-2012, 04:23 AM
The short answer is no. The long answer involves finding out if she had any complications. Mares are built to carry foals without causing themselves any lasting ill effects. Just like humans.
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    09-27-2012, 10:52 AM
Okay thank you. Sorry I know it was kinda a dumb question but it seems like I always see mares that have terrible backs so was curious.
    09-28-2012, 07:38 PM
It's not a dumb question - lots of people wonder about that...
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    09-28-2012, 07:43 PM
The only dumb question is the one you don't ask. Asking is an obvious desire for knowledge so keep on asking anything you have a need to learn about.
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    10-04-2012, 01:05 AM
If you breed her in the future, get her chiropracted within 3 weeks after foaling. No sooner than 1.5 weeks and no later than 3. That is when the muscles are most pliable and you can get your lady all straightened out again! =]
    10-04-2012, 02:44 AM
If she had a foal to young then yes. Or if was bred over and over and was not in good condition then there maybe other issues than just the back.
    10-04-2012, 03:31 PM
If I do end up getting her (the owner is very hard to get ahold of) I wouldn't ever breed her, but I do worry about back issues later down the line. My intention would be to keep her for the rest of her life (granted that might not happen) so I want a horse that is going to be able to hold up that long andbe sound and comfortable =).
She's only had one foal but I'm not sure how old she was when she was bred.
    10-04-2012, 03:50 PM
If she is healthy and is worked to maintain a good topline, she should be fine.

It mostly depends on the individual. If she were a full time broodie, having foals back to back or whatever preference the breeder has, then yes she could develop a sway back. But if she's had a few foal or two but has been kept in working form, she should be fine.
Even with that in mind, a mare who has had 10 foals could keep her topline, and a mare who has had 2 foals could "sag".
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    10-07-2012, 09:13 PM
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I own an Appaloosa mare that has had 6 foals, one right after the other. I have noticed a slight drop in her back versus pictures I have of her when she was younger and I believe that that may have been a factor. However I doubt one foal will due any damage unless she had a rough birth. My vet believes that Skye must of had one rough labor because of a weird dip she has right before her tail starts, however it doesn't seem to effect her in any way.
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