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  • What is a good age for a mare to foal
  • Good age to breed my mare

 
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    04-10-2009, 06:57 AM
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Foal
What's a good age?

What's a good age for a mare to have a foal? (if there is a good age) I just got a 17yr mare and I want to breed her before she gets too old. I was thinking in a year or two but I don't know (but of course I won't until I know a ton more about breeding). I'm also just a bit worried about it cause my boss is trying to breed a couple of his horses and they're in their twenties and they're not catching. And I just found out today that he has to put one of them down cause she has a tumor in one of her ovaries.
     
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    04-10-2009, 09:47 AM
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Weanling
Has she had a foal previously??

Sometimes with older mares if they are left open too long the egg factory kinda shuts down and they can be hard to get in foal. But I have seen mares this age produce wonderful foals with no problems. You have to really stay on top of their nutrition during pregnancy
     
    04-10-2009, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by OnlySamwise    
What's a good age for a mare to have a foal? (if there is a good age) I just got a 17yr mare and I want to breed her before she gets too old. I was thinking in a year or two but I don't know (but of course I won't until I know a ton more about breeding).
When the market turns around and you're certain that the foals will be something special.
     
    04-10-2009, 11:03 AM
  #4
Weanling
As has been mentioned older mares that haven't foaled in a number of years can be harder to settle but certainly they for the most part have a good chance. I've bred many that were in their 20's one was a 22 year old maiden. I think its pretty rare someone has a foal and doesn't feel its special.
     
    04-10-2009, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by OnlySamwise    
he has to put one of them down cause she has a tumor in one of her ovaries.
Why is it necessary to put her down?
     
    04-10-2009, 04:36 PM
  #6
Foal
17 , Well Maybe You Could Go For It Just Try it!!!!
     
    04-11-2009, 05:48 PM
  #7
Foal
She hasn't had a foal before. The previous owners said that they tried to breed her but she didn't catch (it sounded like they only tried once though). Her mom had five foals.

The tumor is blocking her intestines so when she gets to the point where she can't go then he has to put her down (the vet said she's too old to operate).

Well I'd like to but I need to know more first. I'm also kinda new to horse knowledge too (only been working with them for a year ).
     
    04-12-2009, 10:47 AM
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She hasn't had a foal before. The previous owners said that they tried to breed her but she didn't catch ...

The tumor is blocking her intestines so when she gets to the point where she can't go then he has to put her down (the vet said she's too old to operate).

Well I'd like to but I need to know more first. I'm also kinda new to horse knowledge too (only been working with them for a year ).
Why do you want to breed? There are way too many horses out there. You can get a foal for far less than a it would cost you to breed her. Also, why would you wish to breed a horse with a tumor?

There needs to be a very good reason to breed a mare? What's her conformation? How much experience do you have with mares in foal? Young horse care? Breaking horses? What will you do with baby? Is the mare registered? Can you afford another horse....one that you cannot use for several years? A baby will cost you a lot in feed, board (if you don't have your own farm), vet care, training, halters, etc.

Breeding is NOT something for a beginner, IMO.

     
    04-13-2009, 01:02 AM
  #9
Foal
So I'll have a horse when she goes. I really like her too so I'd want a baby like her (I know it may not be like her though). There aren't that many Arabians on this island either. Actually I'm in Hawaii on Oahu and there aren't too many horses here so they're usually shipped from the mainland (or other islands) and really expensive. Oh, she's not the horse with the tumor. The one with the tumor is my boss's horse.

I'd have to look into conformation more but she looks real nice and normal (but I'll still look into it). I don't have much experience with foals but my boss has a mare that's pregnant so I'll learn then. I'm planning on keeping it (if some way I can't I have friends who'd love to buy one from me). She's a registered purebred Arabian. Yes. I wasn't thinking about breeding her for a year or two still so I'll learn a ton beforehand.
     
    04-13-2009, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by OnlySamwise    
So I'll have a horse when she goes. I really like her too so I'd want a baby like her (I know it may not be like her though). There aren't that many Arabians on this island either. Actually I'm in Hawaii on Oahu and there aren't too many horses here so they're usually shipped from the mainland (or other islands) and really expensive.

I'd have to look into conformation more.....I don't have much experience with foals but my boss has a mare that's pregnant so I'll learn then.
How much would it cost for you to purchase a weanling? I will tell you, as a mom, my kids are quite different from each other. Horses are the same way. Personally, I'd not wish to breed a first time mom at age 19. I can better understand wishing to breed when you have limited horses available but...

How old are you? Do you have your own property? Do you have the money to send the horse to the trainer? Do you realize you're more likely to get a horse like your current girl if you purchase it than if you breed (that's 'cause you can judge the personality).

What I hear is a newbie who is not ready to breed. Conformation is KEY!

     

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