What is the good age to breed your horse

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    01-07-2009, 02:12 PM
Question What is the good age to breed your horse

I have a haflinger and she is 11 is she to old to breed?
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    01-07-2009, 02:25 PM
Would it be the first time you have bred her? If not, when was the last time she was bred? I don't think that she is too old, as long as she is in good health (no leg problems, weight, ect)
    01-07-2009, 03:39 PM
If she is a maiden mare, I would not advise breeding her. That is a bit on the older side to be breeding for the first time.
    01-07-2009, 04:10 PM
Originally Posted by Fancy Girl Haflinger    
I have a haflinger and she is 11 is she to old to breed?
The best time to breed a mare is when the market glut is gone, she's at least five or so, the mare is well broke and has accomplished something, and she has superb conformation.
    01-07-2009, 04:10 PM
IMO that is just fine for breeding... Many people will show their mares and then breed after they have reached their "prime" for showing. We had a mare in her early 20s that foaled out (with vets approval) and didnt have any problems and she passed away when she was 32.
    01-07-2009, 05:03 PM
Fancy Has Never Been Breed.
    01-07-2009, 05:06 PM

Fancy has never been bred before so I do not know if I should or not
    01-07-2009, 11:06 PM
You will have no problems breeding her. 11 is definitely not too old for a maiden mare. Most people show their horses to their teens and then breed when retired from the show ring. 18-20 and a maiden mare, then that's a little more tricky. If you plan on breeding her (which I don't advice unless you have done your research, have a good mare and stallion and have a plan) I would recommend doing a uterine culture on her to make sure she's clean. We cultured any maiden mares over 7, and any mare that had been bred before. This will give you a better chance on the breeding taking if any infection has been ruled out.
    01-07-2009, 11:32 PM
Green Broke
Just curious - is she registered and has she had the DNA test done? A haflinger foal can not be registered without DNA testing completed. I would also suggest you take her to an inspection and get her inspected and rated.

A registered haflinger foal that comes from high-quality parents that have passed inspection might be able to find a good home at a decent price, even in this market. Without those things in place I would say not to breed her in the current market.
    01-08-2009, 09:59 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Joshie    
The best time to breed a mare is when the market glut is gone, she's at least five or so, the mare is well broke and has accomplished something, and she has superb conformation.
Agreed .

If she's maiden at age 11 or older, I'd want a thorough breeding soundness exam done by a vet before booking a breeding to have a better idea if she'll take.

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