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Smarty2016 08-27-2013 01:02 PM

Breeding maiden mare
So I have a 13 year old Quarter horse maiden mare. She has excellent breeding and conformation, but I haven't really been interested in breeding until the past couple years. I have never bred a horse so I was wondering if someone could kind of show me the general costs overall.

Also I don't want to put my mare in any kind of danger. She is 13, which I understand is a little old to be breeding especially for a maiden mare. Everyone who has seen her has told me that she is perfectly healthy though. What kind of shots should she get before and during if I were to breed her (I live in Boise, ID if that matters).

SunnyDraco 08-27-2013 04:38 PM

Welcome to the forum :D

Breeding exam done by a vet, as well as getting a culture done to make sure she is free of uterine infections and such. Shots for pregnant mares come after they are pregnant and you need to work very closely with your vet, they need to be ready if anything goes wrong. Also read:
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Smarty2016 08-27-2013 06:56 PM

Thanks I will read that. :)

dbarabians 08-28-2013 04:30 PM

There is should be no problems breeding a 13 YO mare for the first time. I just bred a 14 YO maiden and she took the first time she was covered.
Star bred two 15 YO maiden mares and a 16YO without complications and all were successful.
Take the mare to the vet and have a breeding exam and clutures drawn, find the stallion you wish to breed.
You will probably want to have her USed to ensure she is pregnant then wait for the foals last trimester to begin feeding her extra.
If you choose to give the recommended shots at 3,5,7,9, months you can.
You can spend thousands getting the foal on the ground or you can do it cheaper by using live cover, and other less expensive things.
Remember it is the quality of the care not the cost that is important.
There is nothing written in stone about what is required .
There are plenty of threads here and most have great advice for the small breeder. good luck. Shalom

JetdecksComet 09-01-2013 01:26 PM

My mare was 14 for her first breeding and while she took on the first insemination, she definitely had hormone problems that would have caused her to lose the foal if we had not kept her on regumate for the first couple of months. You may or may not have that problem, every mare is different, but I have been told by my vet that this is more common in older maiden mares. We had to keep testing her blood to determine when her body started to produce the proper hormones before we weaned her off the regumate.

JetdecksComet 09-01-2013 01:30 PM


Originally Posted by Smarty2016 (Post 3474777)
Also I don't want to put my mare in any kind of danger.

Also, please understand that breeding a mare of any age is putting her in danger. Mares die giving birth, it's just a fact. Heck, she can get killed while being bred. It's important to understand and accept these risks, as they go hand-in-hand with breeding and foaling. If you can't stand the thought of losing the mare, consider buying a foal instead of breeding for one.

dbarabians 09-02-2013 12:01 AM

I have never lost a mare during foaling. Foals yes but never the mare. Mares dying due to complications of foaling are rare.
Yet I agree with Jet if you are going to worry for the entire 11+ months then you or anyone else so concerned need not torture yourself. Buy a foal or yearling already on the ground.
I am not saying mares do not die of complications from foaling. They do.
Breeding is not for the faint at heart or those who fail to clearly evaluate their breeding stock and their offspring.
Once again good luck, Shalom

Smartythemare 09-04-2013 12:47 AM


Originally Posted by JetdecksComet (Post 3518665)
Also, please understand that breeding a mare of any age is putting her in danger.

Yes I understand. I just meant more risk than what any other mare would have.

Smarty2016 09-04-2013 06:49 PM

oops found my old account. I was still logged onto smarty the mare on my kindle. Who knew?

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