Would you do it?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeding

Would you do it?

This is a discussion on Would you do it? within the Horse Breeding forums, part of the Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics category

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        08-19-2010, 12:11 PM
      #1
    Banned
    Would you do it?

    I have a 16 yr old barrel mare that is very well put together and has a good mind. I was wondering if you would continue to run her and breed later or breed now and run again later.
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        08-19-2010, 12:23 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    If she is doing well I wouldnt see a problem with it. My mare's mother was 20 but in excellent shape and approved by a vet to be bred. I would get a vet out and see what they think but personally if you want to breed her as well I would run her still but not so often and then give her some time off and just keep her in shape at home and then breed her. I wouldn't leave it till too late though pregnancy is harder on them when they are older.
         
        08-28-2010, 12:23 PM
      #3
    Yearling
    That depends on if she has ever foaled before. A mare that has foaled out prior tends to have a much easier time becoming pregnant and maintaining a pregnancy even into their 20s than a maiden mare. The older they are as a maiden the more problems you should expect. 16 in horse years is like the 40-60 range in human years. So some 16 year old horses foal fine, some are already starting to get irregular heats and their reproductive systems are starting to slow down it is very individualized and many factors come into play besides age like health, fitness and genetics. A foal from a 16 year old mare is going to be more expensive than an under 10 mare and a foal from a 20 year old mare will be even more expensive. You will run into irregular heats, decreased fertility, decreased chance of sustaining a pregnancy and possible morphological problems of the reproductive tract that will make breeding and maintaining a pregnancy in an older mare difficult. That's not to say that it can't be done but breeding anything over 15 especially a maiden is going to increase your chances of injuring the mare, having problems with the pregnancy and getting a foal with physical or mental problems either from the pregnancy itself or harder labor/birthing problems. If you do decide to breed then I would consult with a qualified veterinarian and/or a local breeding expert for your horse's breed and make a wise and informed choice. Internet searches are good as well but make sure you get information from reputable and sourced sites as anyone can post anything online. Good luck!
         
        08-28-2010, 12:28 PM
      #4
    Showing
    I personally would probably look to breed her now just to minimize the risks as much as possible. She should be able to compete into her pregnancy and the excersize would likely do her good. My thinking is that by breeding now, you would already have the foal on the ground and by the time the mare is ready to retire from barrel racing (which may only be a few years from now), then her foal would be grown and mature enough to take over and you wouldn't have to wait for it to grow up.
         
        08-28-2010, 12:28 PM
      #5
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NittanyEquestrian    
    That depends on if she has ever foaled before. A mare that has foaled out prior tends to have a much easier time becoming pregnant and maintaining a pregnancy even into their 20s than a maiden mare. The older they are as a maiden the more problems you should expect. 16 in horse years is like the 40-60 range in human years. So some 16 year old horses foal fine, some are already starting to get irregular heats and their reproductive systems are starting to slow down it is very individualized and many factors come into play besides age like health, fitness and genetics. A foal from a 16 year old mare is going to be more expensive than an under 10 mare and a foal from a 20 year old mare will be even more expensive. You will run into irregular heats, decreased fertility, decreased chance of sustaining a pregnancy and possible morphological problems of the reproductive tract that will make breeding and maintaining a pregnancy in an older mare difficult. That's not to say that it can't be done but breeding anything over 15 especially a maiden is going to increase your chances of injuring the mare, having problems with the pregnancy and getting a foal with physical or mental problems either from the pregnancy itself or harder labor/birthing problems. If you do decide to breed then I would consult with a qualified veterinarian and/or a local breeding expert for your horse's breed and make a wise and informed choice. Internet searches are good as well but make sure you get information from reputable and sourced sites as anyone can post anything online. Good luck!
    Very well said! Especially performance mares this is applicable. For some reason they have a higher incidence of endometriosis so this may be another obstacle to breeding the mare already. I definitely second the vet visit and have a full exam done on her before breeding.

    Good luck!
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:26 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0