05-28-2013, 03:53 PM
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If your mare is maintaining weight & health and producing healthy foals which are marketable/fit your program, I'd have no qualms breeding yearly.
I've worked with 3 large scale breeding programs over the years (Standardbred racers, Paint halter horses, QH reiners,) and none had scheduled downtime for any healthy broodmare, since foaling is their job. Sounds like you have lucky mares, DB!