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    05-03-2012, 08:13 AM
Originally Posted by Crossroadshorsefarm    
My mare is 17, has never had a foal, but is extremely healthy and fit. :)
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my 17 year old maiden mare with her first foal (born this year)

The daddy is also 17 :)

And you might enjoy this photo.... that same mare... as a foal with her dam :)

That mares dam with her foal last year @ 21

And her as a foal :)
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    05-03-2012, 08:17 AM
Stallions can bred until they die or lose fertility.
We have had a mare foal at 27 and she cam back into heat at 28.
Raised the foal without problems and had no long term issues,
The dam of Shining Spark had embryoes flushed well into her 30's I am told. Shalom
    05-03-2012, 08:37 AM
Here in Sweden breeders say that after the age of (around) 16 - the uterus and so on in a mare starts aging, then it can be harder to get the mare pregnant.

So if you want the best chances you should let the mare have it's first foal before 16, If the mare has had a foal before, it's easier to get her pregnant, even in an older age.
Then, if the mare gets pregnant and keeps the baby, she's young enough to have a foal, no matter if she's 18 or 24.

Mares are "made" to carry foals, and will do so until they are no longer fit for carrying foals.

I bred my maiden mare when she was 17 years, she is now 18 and is due at the end of this month.
    05-03-2012, 10:23 AM
The picture of the children in front of the foals legs scared me to death.

I know many will find it cute.....

But, just think how quick that foal could jump up or, just try to roll over.

Those children could get hooves right in the face.

I have been hurt by foals more offten than adult horses.
    05-03-2012, 10:26 AM
I think my broodmares had foals up until 22 or 23.
    05-03-2012, 10:28 AM
Originally Posted by Ripper    
The picture of the children in front of the foals legs scared me to death.
That picture is 17 years old. I'm pretty sure everyone lived.
    05-03-2012, 10:30 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
That picture is 17 years old. I'm pretty sure everyone lived.
You find safety funny???

BTW....I did not think the children were still standing there.
    05-03-2012, 10:31 AM
As others have said, depends on the individual horse. I'd definitely consult with a vet on any horse of significant age. Our old stud is 30, I don't do live cover with him anymore or breed outside mares but do have him collected for my own use.

His sire, my grandpa's old stud, had his last colts on the ground the year he died at 36. His motility was as high in his 30s as it was as a young horse. I've seen many older mares (they were lifetime broodies though, none maiden) foal very late in life, the oldest on our farm was 28, she was one that belonged to my grandpa. I'd be pretty leery at that age myself but with vet clearance and closely monitored pregnancy she did very well.
    05-03-2012, 10:33 AM
Ghostwind - you are killing me with eye candy! I always love your Appy pics!
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    05-03-2012, 11:32 AM
The stud that I plan on using is at my farm. He is also 17 and is a solid paint sorrel my mare is a 17 year old Palomino. Thank you for all your advice! Got to sell my gelding first before I do anything! Haha! Anyone want a 6 year old broke OTTB? Lol
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