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  1. #1
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    Default Bring back a broodmare

    My sister is interested in a broodmare for a riding horse. She is a 13 year old TB formerly a 3rd level dressage horse. She has had 4 foals in the last 4 years.

    Are there any issues she should watch out for? Do you think she will be able to return to her former self? She knows to take it slowly and has brought back a gelding before, but is wondering about broodmare specific issues.

    I am going to cross post in the off course forum.

    TIA!



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    With horses, everyone is an individual. We just returned one of our broodmares to riding/showing duties. After 4 babies our lux/Concorde mare at 12 this year went from broke at three to showing in the jumpers at Thermal in less than a year. We expect she will be competing in the low A/O's by next Thermal. We were just very careful to gradually build fitness and incorporate hill work to strengthen abdominal muscles, never doing more than she was comfortable.



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    I have spent the last 5 months bringing back my mare from her first foal. She has been doing well, but it took a lot longer than I originally thought for her to really get back into good shape to start jumping and ask for more advanced things from her. And that was only after 1 foal...

    What I have noticed is that sometimes the hormones change the mare forever, and they are not receptive to being a riding horse again. It is rare, but it does happen.

    I think it is certainly feasible to do, but it takes a very long time for their physical shape to be back where it needs to be, and you must be patient and very in tune to what she and her body is telling your she can/cannot do...


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    Quote Originally Posted by silanac View Post
    I have spent the last 5 months bringing back my mare from her first foal. She has been doing well, but it took a lot longer than I originally thought for her to really get back into good shape to start jumping and ask for more advanced things from her. And that was only after 1 foal...

    What I have noticed is that sometimes the hormones change the mare forever, and they are not receptive to being a riding horse again. It is rare, but it does happen.

    I think it is certainly feasible to do, but it takes a very long time for their physical shape to be back where it needs to be, and you must be patient and very in tune to what she and her body is telling your she can/cannot do...
    I agree with you. I am bringing back my mare slowly after 2 foals. I am trying to get her conditioned but keeping it fun for her. I want to enjoy working as much as she did being a mama.


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