I would think if the mare is lame due to a congenital abnormality, then it would be tantamount to insanity to use her as a broodmare and pass along the same genetic possibilities to her foal/future horses in the line, even if it did skip the initial foal...
IF she is dealing with an injury based in no manner upon any weakness inherent to her, but rather, she (for example) suffered a bad fall or random accident, and has valuable genetics to pass along, AND she can comfortably foal, I say give her the opportunity to be bred, (to a sire of value as well, of course).
It depends upon the reason for the unsoundness. If it is in any way genetic, such as in TB race horses that sustain injuries due to poor bone, white tissue, joints, and hooves, then the mare shouldn't be bred. If the injury was some sort of accident not attributable to a conformation fault, and if the mare can safely carry the extra weight, I see nothing wrong with breeding her...assuming of course she is bred responsibly...
I'm with Faceman on this one. If she is lame due to an injury not something genetic I would breed her. Maybe wait until she is walking better.
I have a mare whose hooves were mangled in a bad trimming job the vet said it would take a year to heal. She was given to someone and they were riding her within a month. Now she is probably lame for life.
I intend to breed her if she is not in pain after giving her plenty of time to heal and getting corrective shoes every 4-6 weeks. Shalom
I also agree with Face, it would greatly depend on the cause of the lameness. If it's something genetic or due to conformation (even something like Navicular, I wouldn't breed), then heck no, I wouldn't breed her.
However, if it was a mechanical lameness due to an injury/accident/infection/ect that was healed and didn't cause her pain and she could safely carry the added weight, then I might breed her if she was breeding worthy.
I know it's not a mare, but there is a local breeder that has a stud that has never been ridden due to an injury suffered when he was a yearling. From day 1, this horse was destined to be the breeder's next stud and if he hadn't been injured, would have been trained and proven in his discipline. The fact that he was unsound didn't change the fact that he had spectacular bloodlines and has produced many winning foals throughout his lifetime.
There are many things to look at when you have a mare who is not sound for riding as to breeding her.
First would be WHY is she now sound. It is a gentic defect or an injury? If it is an injury not related to a defect in the mare then that is one thing to think about.
Next. YOU MUST look at the quality of the mare. If she is of true quality and is a good broodmare canadate then again by all means breed her.
I have no problems breeding a mare who is not sound to ride. Keep in mind that the extra weight on the horse is not all that much and is only the last couple of months. So not a big problem.
Next and this is the big things that you need to think about and it has already been touched on. If all the other things are good. The mare has good conformation good breeding and so on then it comes down to this. Lets say that the mare is not good and her un soundness is seriouse. Lets use Poco Lena as an example. This was an out standing mare. She had big times problems with her feed and legs. Human issues not hers. She put 2 foals on the ground. She was put down after the lasts one. Did having these foals shorten her life? Probably but at the end of the day she would have had to be put down at some point do to her feed and founder. So was the results of her being put down earlier b/c of being bred vs the extra few years she MAY have had worth it? I personally think so. Some others may not. These are all things you need to look at when considering something like this.
Thank you guys for the responces I never really looked at is as genetic vs. something like an accident. Im not saying that those mares can't breed I think people need to have good judgement whether or not the mare should be bred and if they can offer something to the breed itself. Of coarse with the right stud etc!