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14 year old maiden is it too late to breed her?

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Jody
Posted From: 209.29.106.234
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 08:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a 14 year old appaloosa that I would like to breed. She has never had a foal before. Can I still breed her or is it too late for her?
 

Jos
Posted From: 137.186.22.111
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 09:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

While 14 is older, it is not too old assuming there are no medical reasons that are present. Some older maiden mares do require a little more management to get them pregnant, but generally it is not impossible. Check out the article Breeding the older Maiden Mare on this website in the articles section.

Many mares continue to produce foals well into their 20's...
 

LJ
Posted From: 216.47.48.210
Posted on Saturday, January 08, 2005 - 01:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a neighbor with a 16 y/o paint mare. When I first met these folks the mare was 14 y/o and pregnant with her first foal. She did great from beginning to end. There were no complications with the pregnancy or delivery. In fact when it was time, she walked out to the area of the pasture that the cows had always gone to to have their babies, and it all went very smoothly. Hope this helps.
 

Rooty
Posted From: 69.196.103.102
Posted on Saturday, January 08, 2005 - 09:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some older maiden mares can have uterine atrophy and may not be able to carry a pregnancy to term. Others may carry to term, but deliver a small foal with low body fat. Yet others have absolutely no trouble at all. The best bet is to do a complete breeding work-up, it may save you money in the long run if the mare isn't suitable.
 

horselady
Posted From: 64.230.153.197
Posted on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just read an ad on the equine rescue magazine which was trying to place a 31 year old mare with a filly by her side. I can't imagine anyone breeding such an old mare. This mare was and is in very poor condition. That breeder should be shot !



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