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post #1 of 8 Old 03-17-2008, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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How old is too old????


How old is too old for a mare to be put in foal???

Is 22 too old, for the first time???
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-17-2008, 08:32 AM
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For the first foal it may be a bit old. She may have trouble getting pregnant. If she is in good health you could give it a try, but don't be surprised if she doesnt get pregnant. They become less furtile with age.
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-17-2008, 03:02 PM
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22 is too old for the first time. Most vets don't recommend breeding your horse for the first time over the age of 15. They can still get pregnant, but it's hard on their body, and can be dangerous for them.
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-17-2008, 07:46 PM
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I agree that it's too old!
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-18-2008, 06:03 PM
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It wouldn't be if she were a broodmare and she was continually used for breeding but if its her first time I would deffiently say that is way too old there are to many things that can go wrong. Her age increases the chances of things going wrong and so does the fact that shes a maiden mare, put the two together and you've got a recippe for disaster.

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-19-2008, 01:34 AM
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I think it all depends on the horse itself. Seeing that the mare had had foals in the past is one thing especially if the mare is in good shape but for a first time baby? I dont know that i would recommend it. Get your vet out and check her out. He will be able to tell you.
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-19-2008, 12:13 PM
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22 is way to old for the first time. Maybe I'd say it's fine if it would be the 2nd or 3rd time. You don't want to risk it.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-03-2008, 07:33 PM
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Just wondering, if its a 2nd time breeding, do you think twenty is okay?
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