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post #11 of 18 Old 02-02-2010, 02:58 AM
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I see no purpose for it. Losing the average mare for breeding is extremely rare - issues during birth almost exclusively target the foal in comparison to the percentage of mare loss. However, breeding a 21 year old maiden mare drastically increases that risk.

In my honest opinion, it's a waste of time. If the mare was that good, she'd have been bred by now. There's nothing you're going to get from this breeding that you can't probably purchase for less due to issues with her fertility and additional vet exams to ensure her continued health. You are taking a huge chance that will still cost you several hundred dollars when it is very possible she is already infertile or have great difficulty conceiving. If you do get her in foal, the budget will increase to several thousand, and for the risk you're running on both her life and the foals life?

If you're deadset, ensure you discuss it with a vet, but I can't think any vet would condone breeding an aged maiden mare. Do not treat her like a young mare - yes, we ALWAYS risk loss but a 5% risk differs hugely from a 50% risk.

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post #12 of 18 Old 02-02-2010, 11:47 AM
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What my friend did (she has a gelding with a specific bloodline and personality along with gait that she wanted in a younger foal) so she reserached online and made phone calls and specifically found a young horse that matched her descriptions.

I wouldnt, personally, breed a older mare like that. Yes, the chances of loosing any mare is there when you breed them, but at twenty one I think that the odds could be against her. Good luck on your decision!

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post #13 of 18 Old 02-02-2010, 12:00 PM
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I had a 25 year old mare we bred. (commanche's mom) finished cutting horse, roping, and barrel horse, Did great in the arena. The probelm was after she had her foal she lost alot of weight, and she didn't gain it back...even after bein on a weight gain diet, our vet made. but that wasnt her first foal..
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She's likely not fertile anymore at that age if she's maidan.
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-07-2010, 02:52 PM
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did you take her and see? If you want to sspend more $$ you can have another mare AI with her and the studs...stuff....... I think that may be a good option for an older mare....kinda weird though, because the babies real mom would be your mare, but the one she came out of as the other mare...hmm.....
anyway, see if she still can even hae a baby. Good Luck!
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embryo transfer is always an option, but it is very expensive so I would only consider it for a valuable mare.
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post #17 of 18 Old 02-07-2010, 04:12 PM
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I wouldn't do it if I was you. You really seem to love your horse and it just isn't worth the risk. If you REALLY want a baby, you would be better off purchasing one already on the ground. Either that or I suppose you could find a mare and get a breeding lease on her. Or purchase a broodmare.

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post #18 of 18 Old 02-08-2010, 10:24 PM
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I haven't noticed anyone else say this, so I want to note to think about the possibility of losing the foal as well, or both the mother and foal.

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