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drafts4ever 09-01-2009 05:33 AM

Question about breeding age
I have a Clydesdale mare that I bought August 12, 2009. She is my dream horse I've been saving up for literally since I was 2. When I bought her all her breeding rights were carried through with her papers and name and showing documentation. She's 10 now, 11 April 2010 and I really don't see myself breeding her. I use her for pleasure riding and she's wonderful with my friends kids, perks her ears up for the camera for my photographers during photo shoots. She's everything I could have asked for in a horse. I know she has foaled 3 times in the past and have met her most recent filly that is now a year old. All her foals have been healthy and gone on to showing. She has great lines and would make a great mother again no doubt. So if for some reason I change my mind and want to breed her, how many years do I have left to safely breed her.

weefoal 09-01-2009 06:49 AM

Healthy well cared for mares go on to foal in their 20's. 10 is still a relatively young mare so you have time. Sometimes though if you leave an older mare open for too long the egg factory kinda shuts down. But that is usually mares closer to 20

drafts4ever 09-01-2009 07:03 AM

Ok. I was told by someone 13 was the cut off point and I couldn't find anything on Google about it. I knew it didn't sound right so I figured I'd check. If I find a suitable stud and I have the time for a foal to work with and train and possibly show I might consider it. Thank you!

Eastowest 09-01-2009 08:44 AM

With a mare who has foaled previously IMO there is really no cutoff- it totally depends on the mare, the owner, and the vet. It might be somewhat more of a challenge to get *some* older mares in foal if left open for several years, but diligent management/veterinary assistance can often solve that. Of course the random mare might become unbreedable with age, and the risks for problems with the mare and/or foal do gradually increase with older mares, but all of that considered, if she is currently reproductively healthy and cycling and kept in good condition with proper nutrition/maintenance care, she is likely to produce for you well into the future.

drafts4ever 09-01-2009 09:20 AM

sounds good to me! Thank you! That'll give me plenty of time to make up my mind.
I'm kind of on the Fence. I want to but I don't see a reason at the moment.

BrokenWings 09-02-2009 11:33 AM

The folks I bought my Clyde mare from bred her at 18 (she lost that foal) and then again at 20 (this time the foal was ok, and actually is turning to to be quite gorgeous!) Mind you I feel she was overbred and they should have stopped after she lost the baby at 18, but goes to show you, they can still do it. She is strictly a backyard and trail pet now.

drafts4ever 09-02-2009 06:06 PM

she's registered up down left and right so I could breed her for a high quality showing foal but right now it's not number one on my list. I have a lot of work to do in order to put enough emergency money away to even consider breeding her. It would be fun to start a foal of my own. I've helped a friends foal from birth to two years old and it was amazing the progress they make in the right hands. I also have to think about the time commitment and if I will have that available. Lots of list and pros and cons to look at before I decide. So it's going to be a LONG while before I make up my mind.

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