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What's the oldest for a broodmare?

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        07-23-2013, 10:56 AM
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    Foal
    What's the oldest for a broodmare?

    Considering selling one of my mares. When we bought her, she was a broodmare. We've had her for two years, and she just hasn't worked out. She's about 11-12 years old. She was an excellent mother, and really enjoyed being a mother, apparently.

    Is she too old to have more foals?
         
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        07-23-2013, 11:04 AM
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    Foal
    As long as she's in good health, I don't see why not. One of our 16 year old mares just foaled not too long ago and she and the baby were perfectly fine.
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        07-23-2013, 11:16 AM
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    Green Broke
    I've seen broodmares in their early 20s foal with no problems.
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        07-23-2013, 11:20 AM
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    Green Broke
    ^^ This. I often hear of broodmares having their last foals in their early 20's.
         
        07-23-2013, 12:19 PM
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    Foal
    Great, thank you! She's good great bloodlines, so hopefully we can find a barn for her.
         
        07-23-2013, 03:06 PM
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    Trained
    I have a 32 YO mare that foaled at 27 and still going strong.
    We had not seen any visible signs of heat for well over a year after her last foal at 25. I mistakenly thought she would be a good companion for a young stallion just for a couple of weeks. Too good it IMO.
    With good nutrition and management there is no reason an older mare cannot foal safely. Shalom
         
        07-23-2013, 06:47 PM
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    Foal
    Wow, 27... that's amazing! Is she an Arabian? Just curious, you said she 32, one of my mare's mom was an Arabian, who lived into her mid thirties. Is it just me, or do arabs have a longer lifespan? Just curious!
         
        07-23-2013, 06:50 PM
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    Yearling
    Its not just arabian with a long life, its more good care. We had a standardbred mare who as built like a brick outhouse and passed away at 32. I know a donkey who is in his late thirties early forties (he was apparently 20 when his owner got him 20 years ago).
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        07-23-2013, 07:20 PM
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    Green Broke
    When I was in jr. High and high school I used to do some work for a neighboring ranch that had a band of broodmares that were all pasture bred. I remember a couple of those mares being in their twenties and still having healthy babies and holding weight good while milking.
         
        07-23-2013, 09:09 PM
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    Trained
    She is indeed an arabian but as rookie posted good care and good genetics help ensure a long productive life. That same mare foaled out 11 foals 5 of them in her 20's. Shalom
         

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