OK, I've asked a question about my yearling colt, now I have a question about my mare. She is 22 years old this year, an OTTB. Her last baby is now 2 years old. I'm not looking to breed her this year (or at least probably not), but am curious what obstacles I might face with her next year, with her being 23. I am not planning on breeding her back to a thoroughbred, so would not need to do live cover.
At her age now, or even next year, with her being a multi-parous mare that has been barren for several years, would it be better to do live cover or AI? Also, she's always been easy to get in foal; what difficulties might there be in getting her settled at her age?
Thank you, kind sir. In talking with a good friend of mine who has been in the breeding business for a looooong time, I decided to just AI her when I decide to breed her. At her age, if nothing else, it will be more comfortable for her not to have a large stallion (17 hands)on top.
Even though she's been barren for the last couple years, the lady I got her from described her as an "every other year" mare. I was going to breed her to a friend's Friesian stallion next year (this year I already have one mare in foal and the stallion is booked up), so didn't want to breed this older mare this year and risk not getting her settled next year after she foals. 'Course, she has been used in the past strictly live cover for racing thoroughbreds, so this may have a little something to do with why she is an "every other year" mare.
With this knowledge, and the fact that I plan to AI her next year with the Friesian, does anyone think it would be a good idea to go ahead and breed her back to a TB live cover this year just to get her body back in the swing of things? Also, due to her age and mulit-parous history, her conformation would now necessitate a Caslick's after breeding. I'm just hoping to get at least one crossbred baby out of her, but am I being a little too hopeful for a mare her age?
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