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Q: Breeding a Mare

August 10, 2009 | By Courtney F. | 5 answers | Expired: 1944 days ago

Courtney F.

we are looking to breed a mare that i have been leasing. Im very veryy excited! My only concern so for is her age. She is 13 soon to be 14 and we are wanting to breed her in February '10. But this will be here first foal.

Will there be a better chance of complications because she will be around 15 when she foals her first baby???

Will it be more difficult for her????

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Jeanene
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Aug 11, 2009

With her being an aged mare, and a Maiden to boot there is incressed risks invovled. You would want to do a complete physical before you consider anything.

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Jillian
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Aug 11, 2009

i think it is irresponsible of you to even consider breeding her. breeding takes a lot of understanding of the breed and their background. your priority should be to make healthy offspring by using the best horses you can find. i wonder if you're just particularly attached to this horse and think her babies would be just as wonderful. breeding should be about making the breed as a whole better and when you breed horses just for fun, you're interrupting that process. the fact that you don't already know the answers to the questions you posed sounds the alarm that you don't honestly know what you're doing. let the professionals handle the breeding, and you would do good to research how many horse there are now that need homes and what threats they face.

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Hannah H.
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Aug 11, 2009

15 isn't that old,but with a vet there it will be ok.

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Ethel02
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Aug 10, 2009

15 is not old, but always be under supervision of a Vet, she should have a good look at before breeding, age isn't the only factor in breeding, hope all goes well & you'll have a beautiful foal, horses aren't even grown till their about 7, I jump horses & we wouldn't think of jumping them before that age, thats why so many horses breakdown on the track, their bones aren't even ready to be ridden like that, it happens allot more than you see on TV, it hapens every day, most of the olympic horses are considered green at 10.

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Brittany M.
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Aug 10, 2009

I am not a veterinarian but what I can tell you that the older the mare is the harder it is on the mare when breeding, if you want a proffesional answer I would ask your local veterinarian that knows horses, I can even e-mail my equine veterinarian and ask him. If you would like me to e-mail him. E-mail me at arabianwesternpleasurelover@yahoo.com
Hope this helped and hope to hear from you,
Brittany M. (ArabianHorseLover)

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