How late is too late for breeding?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeding

How late is too late for breeding?

This is a discussion on How late is too late for breeding? within the Horse Breeding forums, part of the Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics category
  • How late in the year will a mare breed
  • Late breeding equine

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-06-2011, 12:31 PM
  #1
Started
How late is too late for breeding?

Is it true that mares who have not had a baby that are in their (10-17) years become likely they wont have a foal? Does anyone know if that's true? Would it be more difficult to get her in foal?
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    06-06-2011, 12:45 PM
  #2
Banned
Your title should probably say Too OLD for breeding, not too late. Too late implies the time of year, not the age of the horse.

A maiden at 10 is more likely to conceive and carry to term than a 17 y/o maiden. At 17 y/o, it'd be like asking a 51 y/o woman to have her first child. Sure, it can be done, but that doesn't mean it's good for the mare or that she'll carry to term.
     
    06-06-2011, 12:49 PM
  #3
Started
Yah I just realized that about the title. Sorry.Ok, I see that. So then a 13 yr old should be fine then?
     
    06-06-2011, 05:52 PM
  #4
Weanling
A 13 y/o should be fine physically carrying a foal to term (or course, there are always risks involved) but she might have more difficulty getting pregnant than say a five year old maiden, because of reasons SR pointed out.

I suggest you get your vet out to do a breeding soundness examination and cultures before breeding. Your mare might have built up uterine fluid or infections (which would most likely prevent her from becoming pregnant) after all these years of being empty, and it will save you time and money knowing about it and being able to treat it before you even breed her.
     
    06-06-2011, 07:24 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I asked my vet this very question as I have a 12 year old maiden mare, and his very definitive answer was 15 years old for maidens. He stated that studies had shown quite definitively that up to age 15 they conceive relatively easy and also carry the foal as well as a younger mare. After that age, the problems increase quite dramatically.

Of course, that has to be taken with a grain of salt, but he handles the vast majority of breedings in our area so I trust his opinion. Obviously the mare would have to pass as breeding sound, but he said he wouldn't hesitate to breed a mare under 15 years old pending exam.
     
    06-06-2011, 09:25 PM
  #6
Started
I think I'll make sure she has at least a breeding exam done first. I'm sure carrying isn't quite as big of a deal as trying to conceive. Well, it can. I've heard it being 16 and it makes me nervous as to whether she'll be hard to breeding at that. She's actually 12, but will be 13 coming next year. She's suppost to go up to the vets for lights and AI services and so is the stallion for his testing and services for the same amount of time like in at least January. If I have my way it'll be December for the mare :) But yes, thank you for the responses!
     
    06-06-2011, 09:39 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Why would you breed ANY horse without a breeding exam first?
     
    06-06-2011, 10:45 PM
  #8
Started
I don't. I have exams done each time we breed. It's just another reason I didn't catch till then,Juna's quote: "Your mare might have built up uterine fluid or infections (which would most likely prevent her from becoming pregnant) after all these years of being empty, and it will save you time and money knowing about it and being able to treat it before you even breed her."I've always had a breeding exam done. No buts about it! I'm just used to certain breeding exams. Even the stallions have their yearly breeding exams. Who in their right mind wouldn't have their mare or stallion tested? It wastes money if you come to find out theres a problem because an exam wasn't preformed. It's Healthy for the mare and easier on the owner's knowing she's safe and prepared. Same goes for the stallion. I don't remember saying I never thought about NOT have them tested though? I was refering to the minimal of what i'm planing to do if that was what it seems I put? If so, that wasn't my intension
     
    06-07-2011, 02:12 AM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by MyLittlePonies    
yah I just realized that about the title. Sorry.Ok, I see that. So then a 13 yr old should be fine then?
Probably, but as anything equine, there are no guarantees. Make sure your breeding soundness exam includes a uterine biopsy. At 13, you'll want to be sure that she stands a reasonable chance of carrying a foal to term.

Probably the biggest issue with older maiden mares is that their cervix tends not to relax normally thereby not allowing for the evacuation of fluid, debris, etc., normally associated with breeding. EVERYTHING that goes into that uterus, with the exception of one sperm, must come back out. The equine uterus is awful at absorbing fluid, so if the mare has a tight cervix, it exacerbates her ability to clear fluid.

A breeding soundness exam will give you an indication that everything appears normal and that she doesn't have any gross physical anomalies or abnormalities that might make getting her pregnant more difficult, but it probably won't give you an indication if she will have clearance issues.

Good luck!

Kathy St.Martin
Avalon Equine
Welcome to Avalon Equine ~ Quality Performance Sport Horses

And

Equine-Reproduction.com, LLC
Equine Reproduction
     
    06-07-2011, 01:02 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by MyLittlePonies    
I don't. I have exams done each time we breed. It's just another reason I didn't catch till then,Juna's quote: "Your mare might have built up uterine fluid or infections (which would most likely prevent her from becoming pregnant) after all these years of being empty, and it will save you time and money knowing about it and being able to treat it before you even breed her."I've always had a breeding exam done. No buts about it! I'm just used to certain breeding exams. Even the stallions have their yearly breeding exams. Who in their right mind wouldn't have their mare or stallion tested? It wastes money if you come to find out theres a problem because an exam wasn't preformed. It's Healthy for the mare and easier on the owner's knowing she's safe and prepared. Same goes for the stallion. I don't remember saying I never thought about NOT have them tested though? I was refering to the minimal of what i'm planing to do if that was what it seems I put? If so, that wasn't my intension
Sorry, you said "I think I'll have to least a breeding exam done first" implying to me that you had/were considering NOT having one done, which led to the implication of believing it was ONLY potentially necessary due to her age. Don't you just love the internet sometimes?
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone Breeding Their mares late May or June this year? SeeingSpots Horse Breeding 5 05-31-2011 07:21 PM
It's not too late... right? Poco1220 Horse Training 17 06-21-2010 12:32 PM
Is it to late??? reining girl Horse Training 20 09-02-2009 05:11 PM
Also A Tid Late TheOpenRange Meet the Community 4 09-30-2008 03:41 PM
Better late than never. tim Meet the Community 5 01-12-2008 08:46 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0