Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Southern Ohio's Amish Country
I know the AMHR states that you cannot register a foal out of a mare until she has reached her 3rd birthday and has had her papers upgraded to permanet. I think AMHA states that the mare also must be 3 yrs old.
I personally do not breed until the mare reaches 4 yrs old, this allows the mini to mature as I beleive they need extra time. Some mares I would not breed at 4 but would wait. The question I always ask myself before breeding a maiden mare "is she mentally and physically mature enough to handle a foal"? If I think in the least that she is not ready or I am questioning my judgement then I wait untill she is older. I know this probably has not answered your question, but there is no majic number when it comes to age for breeding. There is a minimal age and a maximum age but as for the age to first breed, you have to look at each animal individually.