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How old is too old?

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Renee Clover
Weanling
Username: Reneec

Post Number: 26
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 01:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi,
I am looking at buying a miniature broodmare. I have a choice of a few, but they are all around 10 or 11 years old. What age does a mare stop being reproductive? They are all lovely mares, and have all had lovely babies before, but i would like to keep using them for a good 4-5 years more. Would this be possible? How old is too old?
Thanks
 

Rooty (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted From: 69.196.103.102
Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 02:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would buy a mare that age if she'd already had a foal or two. Each mare's reproductive life is different, there are no guarantees. I know of one mare who only ever had one foal due to scarring which occured as the foal didn't position properly (lucky that mare and foal lived), and another that had 8 foals after retiring from racing, my vet had one that had 10 foals back to back.
I would think under ordinary circumstances a 10 or 11 yo mare would give you 4-5 years, but I would tend to pick a mare that has had less foals already.
 

Renee Clover
Weanling
Username: Reneec

Post Number: 27
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 11:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rooty, thanks for the info. Both mares have had quite a few foals. Here are the two i am tossing up between...

Mare #1- First foal @ 4yo, been bred every year bar one until now (she is now rising 12). So she has had 8 foals, all were born without complications, and 7/8 survived (one died in a nasty summer storm). She has settled every year that she has been exposed to a stallion. And is a good, easy breeder.

Mare #2- First foal @ 4yo, been bred every year bar one since (now rising 11yo) and had 6/7 foals born with no complications, one was malpresented, and died. Has settled every year that she has been exposed to a stallion. Also a good easy breeder.

I cannot decide between these two mares, they are both in foal again, and as you can see, they have had quite a few foals. Do you think they have had to many foals?
What are your opinions?
 

Rooty (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Friday, August 12, 2005 - 11:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would keep looking for something else. Granted I have no experience with minis, I don't know if things are different for them.
Has mare #2 had a foal since the malpresentation? If she has not I would steer away from her for sure, even though she has caught she may have scarring that could make future pregnancies and deliveries difficult.
 

reneeclover (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2005 - 05:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rooty,
Yes, mare #2 has had 5 foals since, all no problems at all. She is only 29" so i dare say that had something to do with it. Tiny girl, and was in foal to a 33" stallion.
I have been told that age is more of a concern with larger mares that have been riden etc, but wasnt sure- always like other opinions before jumping into something. Thanks for all your help, ill see what else i can find.
 

cathy Cook
Nursing Foal
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 16
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 07:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Age is the most significant part not whether they were ever ridden or not. I would be more concerned for her size and the stud you are planning on using.
 

G Blaze
Neonate
Username: English

Post Number: 4
Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2005 - 03:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a 24yr old TB mare that is currently infoal. She had a foal last year and I didnt breed her back due to her age and "retired" her...well she didnt want to be retired and she found away to get herself bred this year and she took on one cover! So age is not a problem...I have a friend who raises minis and she says that over 20 you should consider cutting back on breeding them so the age of both of the ladies you are looking at seem right in line. Neither of the mares you are looking at are extremely old and since they are easy to get infoal you are doing good. They will tell you when they are done but you should be good for the 4 or 5 more years that you would want to breed them.
I agree with Cathy Cook that the mares size and the studs size should be looked at carefully.
 

Renee Clover
Weanling
Username: Reneec

Post Number: 32
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2005 - 07:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks guys. I ended up setting for mare # 1. She is 34" tall, and my stallion is 31" so no problems there. I really liked all her other foals that she has had to date, and she has been returned to the stallion again and is due in four months (this is why i had to make my mind up quick, as i dont like to transport them much later than this). I think she will be a real valuable addition to my broodmare band as she is lovely, and she throws quality foals. So i am happy with my decision, and she arrives here tomorrow. Thanks so much for the input, i really appreciate it. I have actually been doing a bit of reading and picked up a few tips to keep her happy and fertile for years to come. So thanks alot guys...
Renee



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