Breeding a well bred mare at age three....good idea! Plain and simple!
What are you going to do with her anyway? Not much.
Pick a good stallion suitable for her type and pedigree. Let her carry a foal as a three yr old, she will naturally mature and you get bonus.
Then start her in sport, enjoy her as she develops and watch her foal do the same.
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Enjoy your search, pick a good stallion and enjoy the results!
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I have a very nicely bred filly that just turned 3. She is started under saddle, and I am breeding her next spring to a lovely pony stallion. My filly will continue under saddle for a bit, and then have some time off. Can't wait!
I agree with Hyperion. Most broodmares are selected for breeding before they ever see a saddle in Germany. Almost all are bred at 3 years of age. This isn't just okay, it is the norm. Many sport mares are bred once, then started under saddle. This is how it is done. You can lightly start them at 3-6 months pregnancy, then throw them on the field. Wean the foal, and get to work. You mare should be correct, athletic, and have a good mind if choosing to breed her. Otherwise, just wait until she is late into her 3 year old year, and get to work.
Good to know. Thank you. It's been years since I've been a part of any breeding program. (ha! not personally!!! ) I worked at an Arabian breeding facility, and a Lippizan/Andalusian breeding facility. Both were over 10 years ago, and possibly quite different in how things were done.
I agree with Tim and Hyperion and the other posters who believe there is nothing wrong with breeding a 3 year old. Jane Honda, I'm sure you have good intentions, but as someone who admittedly lacks knowledge of breeding in this context (ie. warmblood bloodlines and breeding practices), you may have been a bit overzealous in offering your opinion. I think criticism intended to educate is great, as long as the one dishing it out has relevant experience to draw from.