I have a WB mare who will be 3yrs old in December. I was planning on trying ET with her this season however she recently stuck her leg through a fence and cut all her back leg up really bad to the bone so is now at the vet clinic for a month or so & fingers crossed she will be ok. Vets are saying 6 months for it to heal so I am considering putting her in foal naturally just to give her the time to heal properly and get over it etc. The repro vet at the clinic has said she has seen people do this also- put them in foal as young 3yr olds then by the time they foal out and can come back into work they have matured mentally & physically.
My question is, does putting them in foal this young while they are still growing themselves pose any risks to the mares growth? That was the reason I was going to do an ET because I feel that my mare is a slow grower & will probably be a late maturer. I don't think I can afford an ET after the vet bill with her leg but if she is going to have half the year off at least anyway then maybe it would be worth putting her in foal.
Any views on pro's/con's putting mares in foal as young 3 yr olds & letting them foal out & start them as 4 yr olds would be greatly appreciated!
Personally, I'd wait. As technically, she is only a bit over 2 1/2 now if she were born in December. It would probably be better for your mare to wait until February or March of 2010 to pur her in foal, even if it does mean "wasted time". Thats what I would do at least. It is, however, a common practice to put mares who are three years old in foal, let them foal out as 4yo's, then continue with a performance career.
I have a filly that was born this year, in July, so she's a late foal. I plan to breed her in Spring of 2012. She will be three and a half, take her to Inspection to be placed in a Mare Book, then do the MPT as a 5 year old.
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