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How Old Should I Breed My Mini
Hi i have just got a miniature horse filly that is 2 yr old what age do you recommend i breed her at...
I know the AMHR states that you cannot register a foal out of a mare until she has reached her 3rd birthday and has had her papers upgraded to permanet. I think AMHA states that the mare also must be 3 yrs old.
I personally do not breed until the mare reaches 4 yrs old, this allows the mini to mature as I beleive they need extra time. Some mares I would not breed at 4 but would wait. The question I always ask myself before breeding a maiden mare "is she mentally and physically mature enough to handle a foal"? If I think in the least that she is not ready or I am questioning my judgement then I wait untill she is older. I know this probably has not answered your question, but there is no majic number when it comes to age for breeding. There is a minimal age and a maximum age but as for the age to first breed, you have to look at each animal individually.
you should introduce your filly and your stallion to each other as a 2-year-old and if possible put her in the pasture next to her if you do pasture breeding. Wait until shes at least 2 1/2 years old until you breed her so shell be completely filled out and her hips will be prepared to give birth without too much trouble. how tall is your filly?
I never breed any mare until shes at least 3 and have waited longer depending on the mare. Remember they arent even done growing until age 3 and most mares are not mentally ready to breed at 2
3 years old at the youngest, but it's best to wait until they are 4 years old so they can gain more maturity. My Miniature mare is turning 4 this year and we are looking for stallions to breed her to, and my other Mini is due to have a foal anyday and she is turning 5 :)
I do not personally like to even consider breeding until 4+ years old, at 3, even for a mini, they're still growing and they're still babies themselves.
As for keeping the stud next to a mare that will come into heat? First off, breedings through the fence can and do happen - and at your filly's age, you do NOT want this, and secondly, it's quite mean to the stud as well - smelling mares across the fence and not being able to get to them?
Not A Good Idea To Foal Her At 2 Maybe Try when shes 3 or 4:)
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