Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Friday, January 20, 2006 - 10:36 pm: ||
I have a filly that is 2 years old, she is not rideable (broke her knee) She is registered out the ying yang... She will never be ridable, and was bought only for breeding.
I need hard proven facts of problems with breeding a young mare... she cant grow, she cant..... I need facts not why do you want to breed etc.. This is not about money, but more this is one mare and it is always good to learn information for future situations as well..
This mare would be 3 when she foaled! She is a calm, quiet, sweet mare-- not crazy at all, and dont think that she would do anything stupid- as soom mares you might think would!
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Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Monday, January 23, 2006 - 04:19 am: ||
I personally do not like to breed any mare until they are done growing. That may be 3,4,or even 5. When a young mare is in foal, she has less nutrients for her own growth because she is supporting her foal. I also feel that most (not all) horses are not mentally mature enough at 2 years old to handle the breeding process, pregnancy and foaling.
However, I did have a 2 year old mare that was bred unintentionally when a gate was left unlatched and a stallion got out. She was checked by the vet and confirmed in foal by ultrasound. The vet assured us she would likely have an uneventful pregnancy and delivery, so we left her in foal. She did deliver a healthy foal, but at 9 months of age now, he is a good 4-6 inches shorter than the other foals born the same week. This mare was 14 hands as a 2 year old when she was bred, and she is still 14 hands now as a coming 4 year old. We expected her to top 15 hands. She simply stopped growing.
Perhaps coincidental, maybe not. If your filly is only going to be broodmare, why not give her another year to finish growing. I would also make sure her knee injury is not going to be a problem when she is carrying the extra weight of a foal. JMO, good luck!
Post Number: 113
|Posted on Monday, January 23, 2006 - 10:40 am: ||
I have only bred once and the foal is not born yet, plus my mare is going to be 18 by the time she has had the foal, so I cannot attempt to answer your question about her age - but as anonymous stated above, I would check that knee to make sure it can cope with the stress of supprting a broodmare! : )
Post Number: 33
|Posted on Monday, January 23, 2006 - 11:54 am: ||
We often breed two year old mares, though our goal IS to produce smaller horses. It has taken us several years of selective breeding to consistantly get the smaller horses but it's worked well for us. For the record, we've never had any difficulty with this. If you think about it, in the wild, even as yearlings sometimes they will breed and do alright (though I certainly would not recommend doing that) Also, if our mares are particularly small, we do wait till they are 3 y/o's to breed them the first time.
Post Number: 9
|Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 09:47 pm: ||
There is no reason for pregnancy to make a mare stop growing permanently unless she is not fed the proper nutrients. You must make allowances for the amount of nutrients (protein, minerals, vitamins, calcium) she would need to grow, plus the amount she would need as a broodmare. I would never breed a 2 year old, but I can understand your problem with a mare that can never be ridden. I expect my broodmares to pay their way.
Usually a maiden mare will have a smaller foal just because it is natures way of protecting the mare from more than she can handle at foaling time, but the foal should catch up to the others if fed correctly. I raised an orphan and when I weaned my foals that year, no one could tell the orphan from the others in size. I didn't think it was such a big deal, but other people sure were surprised that he turned out so big and healthy.