Should I breed an aged mare?
I recently got a 21 yr. old Quarter horse mare named Wilma.
Wilma is a wonderful trail horse and does NOT look her age at all. Has plenty of get up and go, plus she is NOT gray around the muzzle.
My question is: Is she too OLD to be bred?
I do not want to drain the life out of her by getting her bred but I have alway's wanted to raise a foal... Please tell me what you think :)
Here is some info about her:
Her last foal was 3 years ago... She was bred 4 years in a row and had excellent foal's that were easy to train,gentle,and smart.. Her previous owner said that she never had a problem with Wilma taking care of her foals...She was an excellent mother with NO complications of any kind.
Just in case you were wondering,Wilma had 3 fillies and 1 Colt... All but 1 being roan :D
p.s. Please ignore the BEAUTIFUL background in the pic :lol:
Personally, I wouldnt. Too much risk, imo. She's 21. By the time she's bred shell likely be 22, unless you want a late baby. And then she'll be 23 when she foals. Not being grey around the muzzle as no impact on whether or not she should be bred. Just because you want to raise a foal is not a good reason to put an old mare in foal.
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Our twenty five year old isn't grey around the muzzle either, not sure what that has to do with breeding? :lol:
Its going to be said. Breeding because "I have always wanted to raise a foal" isn't a good reason to breed. Have you thought about purchasing a foal?
But since debating whether you should breed for the reason you have chosen to or not isn't your question... Answer: Have a vet evaluate her and get his/her opinion. If she is a otherwise healthy mare and takes, she isn't to old to have a foal. I wouldn't though. I just personally think its nice for the mare to NOT be bred in her older age, though I know of several mares who've foaled at 24,25,26...
Enjoy her as a trail horse, buy a baby.
I wouldn't unless she passed a breeding exam with flying colors.
Find a weanling. Heck, find an orphan if you're wanting to raise a foal.
Better that than risk your mare.
Thank you for your answers.
Though I would like to say that I will NOT breed her just because I want to raise a foal.... I didn't mean it like that... That is why I am ASKING your guy's opinions. If the vet isn't completely comfortable with her being bred then I will NOT breed her. I wasn't sure I wanted to breed her in the 1st place but I am checking into it.
I will check into a vet exam. Thanks :)
I see no problem with it.
Plenty of mares foal well into their 20's.
We have a mare that foaled at 27 still alive and well at 31.
Carrying a foal is not that stressful to a mare.
Make sure she has very good nutrition and she should be OK,
There is a mare here that is 19. I intend to get at least 2 maybe 3 more foals. She has some very good bloodlines. Shalom
What name is on her papers????
Her pedigree would make a difference.
Ripper she is a daughter of Afire BeyV Her dam is by Bask Flame
Any show records??
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