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post #1 of 8 Old 02-03-2012, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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how old is to old?

I want to buy a new mare and have her bred, but how old is to old. I remeber growing up as long as the mare was healthy my family had her bred. She was 26 with her last foal and perfectly fine. So how old is to old. What you think?
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-03-2012, 05:30 PM
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As so often the answer is "it depends" there is no answer to that one.

Why though do you want to buy a mare and get her bred? Much more fun going shopping for a baby on the ground, especially if you are interested in particular blood lines, you have a better chance of getting what you really want in a foal.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-03-2012, 06:01 PM
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I agree with Golden Horse. Plus there are just so many well bred foals out there already with sale tags on them.

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post #4 of 8 Old 02-03-2012, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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I just want be able to have it form day one. I have trained 3 horses that were about 8 months old and they already had other peoples bad habits. I really fell like I could have an amazing horse if I could be out there from the second it was born. I have also trained older horses I loved them so much but the still had little things that I didnt mind but would be good not to have.
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Believe me it's not all it's cracked up to be, some foals just hit the ground with attitude.

I've had colts here that I've barely touched before weaning, and they train just as nicely as if they had been handled from day 1, there is really no magic it in. You really can't do to much with really little ones anyway, they are learning to be a horse, and they don't have the attention span to do more than a few minutes every day.

I have some sympathy with someone who wants to breed a mare that they have had for a long time, I just struggle with buying a mare just to breed her and have a baby.

I do have to admit though that I bought Ace mainly because of the foal that she was supposed to be carrying. I got a chance to buy a mare, who I liked, in foal to the stallion that I've wanted a foal from for a long time, guess what, she lost that foal. I've been offered a chance to breed her back but I've retired her from breeding, she is 18 just had her 7th foal, and enough is enough, much as she enjoys it, it takes so much out of her, so for Ace, 18 is to old.

My friend is waiting for her 23 old mare to foal, her vet was happy for her to rebreed, so who knows how old is to old?

Apart from age there is also the question of being suitable mare to reproduce.
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-06-2012, 11:35 PM
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I raised my mare Halo from day one and we have a very special bond. When she was a baby still on her mom's side she would follow me around and look for scratches. Just make sure that they understand that you are the one in control because if you raise a foal and don't keep the pecking order established, they will sometimes see you as their buddy to kick, bite, and jump on like they would another foal.
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I agree with Golden Horse. Plus there are just so many well bred foals out there already with sale tags on them.
My thoughts exactly.

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-09-2012, 12:03 AM
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Ah this reminds me of Bambi, when we bought her dam she was in foal. I was lucky enough to be there when she hit the ground. I've seen very many foals within minutes to hours of birth; but nothing like Bambi. As soon as the bag broke over her nose she was sucking the air, when she tried to get up she'd cross her front legs and attempt to stand. I went in and would put her legs straight, she'd look at me defiantly and cross them again and attempt to stand once again. She was born an attention *****. Now she's three and she's been the easiest thing to train, but I've been cuddling and working with her from day one, she had a halter on within 24 hours of birth and ground manners soon followed. So I understand wanting to have one from day one, but I agree with many others, in this market you can find one (even one in utero) to buy. It's really up to you. Also, I agree with many others, "too old" depends on the mare and how pregnancy affects her. (: good luck with whatever you choose. Here's a cute picture! This was March 25, 2008 the day after Bambi's birth. Our whole 4-H group came within a week of her birth to see her, so I guess her imprinting might have had an affect. Lol
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