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  • Can you stop a stallion and mare breeding in same field
  • How old is too old to breed a mare

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    05-03-2012, 10:46 AM
I don't think I would breed a maiden mare past 16 or 17, and that of course only if she passed all vet checks with flying colors. If we were talking a brood mare, I think they tell you when they want to stop. If they start having weight or health issues, its time to retire. Knew one mare who was always the best brood mare in the herd, then one year in her early 20's just was not as "invested" in her foal, like she had lost interest. She retired that year and became a trail horse.
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    05-03-2012, 11:08 AM
For maiden mares we don't breed them if they are over 17. As for experienced mares we don't breed them once they hit 20. I don't see the need to keep them popping out foals and risk them having complications due to their age. It is harder for them to foal the older they are and you have more chance of trouble.

As for studs all they have to do is give their gift lol so I feel they can go a bit longer if they are still fertile, around 25 is when we stop breeding them.
    05-03-2012, 11:57 AM
I think it's as many said depending on your opinion and vet. Approval that mare is fit and healthy. PLUS, do you have the extra money it may take to get a maiden mare of that age to take. When we bred here our mares usually retired about 18-20 and stallions as well. But, that was our choice. As one person stated we liked to allow our mares a retirement and let them live out their lives in the end just in a small herd together. They seemed happy and healthy and most lived anywhere from another 5-8 years. We never had a horse live past 30. I know they do..but we've never had it either they died naturally or we had to make the hard choice to put them down.
    05-03-2012, 12:41 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
That picture is 17 years old. I'm pretty sure everyone lived.
I was the young girl in the photo. I assure you it was safe :) the foal was dead asleep.. we tried waking her for the photo and she was not having it :) She was my first horse :) and she will live with me until the day she needs help over the bridge
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    05-03-2012, 12:44 PM
It will probably also alarm you that the stallion was in the same field as that mare and foal. Good temperment horses seem hard to come by anymore. WHile I agree horses in general should always be treated with caution. I like to be able to handle not only my mares/foals, but my stallions too. My stallion walks on a clip lead no chain and is a gentleman. The extra mile is worth it.
    05-03-2012, 09:50 PM
When it takes longer for them to recover from foaling ad nursing the foal then we no longer breed them.
The 27 year old mare that foaled was deemed unable to conceive at the age of 23 and had been a pasture mate for a young stallion for almost 3 years before she foaled. She did however teach him manners about how to handle the ladies. Shalom
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