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post #1 of 12 Old 09-29-2010, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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minimum breeding age

a girl at work is worried cause her 3 year old filly has been accidentally exposed to a stallion (stallion got into their paddock).

I personally wouldnt intentionally breed at that age but at the same time if it were me I wouldnt be stressing too much. We kinda got into a disagreement (not a major one) about minimum breeding age. I say IMO and for me, 4-5 minimum. She says 6-7.

So I put it to the forum...should she be worried or just take extra good care of her if she is in foal? The horse is a well built little qh and the stallion is apparently only slightly larger than her.

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-29-2010, 10:05 PM
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Being bred at 3 to foal at 4 should not have anymore problems then the older mare. I am concerned with breeding at 1-2 years old, but 3 years old is typically the "standard" age most people consider a mare able to healthily breed. Of course, I never personally would, no filly needs to be bred at 3, but plenty of breeding operations do it without any more problems then breeding the 6 year old mare.

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There is always the option of terminating the fetus if she is pregnant. Then there really isn't an argument. If she never intended on breeding her mare in the first place then this should be a pretty good option for her.
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3-4 is what id say

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I wouldn't breed at 3 or 4, although I do know people who do and have, some people think it will help the horse gain a good sense.. It also depends on the build and breed of the horse, like say, a type of warmblood matures later than a QH, I defiantly would not be breeding that, just because their not even close to being finished at three, and when you look into the structure and joints of ANY 3 y/o, by making it carry all that extra weight for 11 months is not good for their underdeveloped bodies, it causes stress and probably will set back their development, as their still growing, without having to give nutrients to a fetus, they need extra nutrients themselves. Its just something I wouldn't do to my horse.
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Five-six at the /minimum/, but I prefer around ten. I just don't like the idea of making a baby make a baby. When they're so young you don't even know what kind of performer they are. Ofcourse, these are just my humble opinions.
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Honestly three isn't that bad.

BUT since you stated this was an accidental breeding, and I am guessing unwanted, I would tell your friend to have the foal aborted. All it takes is a shot or two of lutalyse. Have her discuss it with the vet. I know around here the lute shot is 8-10 bucks. MUCH cheaper then raising an unwanted foal and taking a chance with all the things that can happen.
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My old barn used to do it at 2-3 years old. I thought it was kind of young but the horses seemed fine.
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There is always the option of terminating the fetus if she is pregnant. Then there really isn't an argument. If she never intended on breeding her mare in the first place then this should be a pretty good option for her.

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post #10 of 12 Old 09-30-2010, 10:08 AM
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BUT since you stated this was an accidental breeding, and I am guessing unwanted, I would tell your friend to have the foal aborted. All it takes is a shot or two of lutalyse. Have her discuss it with the vet. I know around here the lute shot is 8-10 bucks. MUCH cheaper then raising an unwanted foal and taking a chance with all the things that can happen.
Agreed, Nd.

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