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What's the oldest for a broodmare?

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        07-23-2013, 09:17 PM
    My mare just had her first foal at 12. So 11-12 for a mare that has foaled before is perfectly acceptable and a good age for plenty more babies.
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        07-23-2013, 10:13 PM
    Originally Posted by star16    
    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?
    No not at all. I've seen broodmares in good health carry foals until they were 21 years old. Now it's something I would recommend doing, or something that I would do myself, but if the mare is in good health absolutely.

    My question to you tho, what does "hasn't worked out" mean? And why would you want to breed a mare who isn't what you're looking for or like?
        07-24-2013, 02:22 PM
    She was a broodmare for her entire life, very little human contact. She is a little too much for us to handle. We've had her for two years, and put a lot into her, but it just wasn't meant to be.

    And we would sell her to a barn/breeding facility, so they would breed her- we wouldn't keep/buy the foal or anything. We'd be getting a different horse. Sorry for the confusion!

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