So, where I live almost every mare is a breeding machine. They have their foal and in the first heat after that, they breed them again. For me, that's not ethic at all, but I guess if the horse was "free" they would reproduce every year... I see my neighbours breeding their mare every single year and I kind of hate it haha (but maybe I'm humanizing this?? -- is humanizing a word in english?
I'm not talking about high competition or performance horse, but just horses used for trail riding and light work (we don't have many horse breeds here or purebreds). Here with high competition horses they take the mare's egg, fertilized in vitro and the result is implanted in a receptor mare (or they make a natural mount, then take the embryo and implant it in a receptor mare) that's used for gestation and upbringing.
The mare I bought was used as a brood mare for the last 8 years (she's 10 now), I was able to meet 3 of her progeny and they are all beautiful horses. I do not want to breed her again (even though she tries really hard to mate with my gelding, and he loves it anyways
) until her actual foal/colt has the age to be ridden.
So I think this post is just to continue learning from different "cultures" and learn what you guys do there, or what types of handling you do about this topic!