The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan. 6, 2006
    Location
    Bonsall, CA
    Posts
    3,589

    Default Maiden mare age.. what is the oldest that's safe?

    I have very healthy 19 year old.. mare great papers. QH cutting bred. I would so like a baby out of her (all 4 great grandsires are hall of famers) Is it too risky for a mare this age as a maiden? Should I harvest or do embryo transfer?

    Just contemplating options.
    One of a Kind Studio
    Equestrian Art and Portraits
    Landscape Design
    Farm Layout and Design



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec. 2, 2002
    Location
    Waterford, VA USA
    Posts
    4,876

    Default

    Get a complete reproductive exam done on her by a competent vet that specializes in that area, and then make decisions based on that. If everything checks out fine, then I would probably go with fresh-cooled semen rather than frozen....

    Good luck!
    Siegi Belz
    www.stalleuropa.com
    2007 KWPN-NA Breeder of the Year
    Dutch Warmbloods Made in the U. S. A.


    1 members found this post helpful.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan. 16, 2006
    Location
    Oxford, NC
    Posts
    478

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by siegi b. View Post
    Get a complete reproductive exam done on her by a competent vet that specializes in that area, and then make decisions based on that. If everything checks out fine, then I would probably go with fresh-cooled semen rather than frozen....

    Good luck!
    This seems to be the consensus around here. Had a friend who bred a 19 year old maiden mare (a morgan), after a good repro exam. She took first cycle of fresh cooled and had a beautiful colt. Best of luck!


    1 members found this post helpful.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov. 8, 2012
    Location
    gulf coast
    Posts
    984

    Default

    I bred my 15 yr old maiden, after she passed a her repro exam. she died a few hours after foaling of a uterine hemorrhage. A friend bred her 21 yr old maiden, all was fine. Both mares were healthy, and well cared for. It's a crap shoot. Don't gamble if you don't want to loose.


    3 members found this post helpful.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug. 6, 2002
    Location
    NJ, USA
    Posts
    2,266

    Default

    I bred an 18 yo maiden successfully. She produced a lovely foal and was a great mom.

    I did do the Repro exam before committing to a stud fee, she passed.



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep. 24, 2007
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    274

    Default

    I bred a 13 yr old maiden last year, had a difficult foaling, foal was big and had to be pulled and mare ended up with vaginal hematoma, but all ended up fine with a big strapping LusoX buckskin filly by Saphiro out of my heart mare Anna Han/TB.

    The oldest I bred but not a maiden was 23, foaled healthy filly at 24. Was inspected at GOV and received her MM book status so filly could be Premium. Not too bad!



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov. 17, 2013
    Posts
    131

    Default

    18 yo maiden mare produced the light of my life!! (Thick) TB mare, WB dad.
    No Hour Wasted, a blog concerning a young horse and an old dream



Similar Threads

  1. Safe age at which to breed a maiden mare
    By Coyoteco in forum Sport Horse Breeding
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Dec. 15, 2011, 11:39 AM
  2. Oldest Maiden You've Heard Of?
    By Tommy's Girl in forum Sport Horse Breeding
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: Jul. 11, 2011, 06:09 PM
  3. Oldest mare to catch?
    By crownridgefarms in forum Sport Horse Breeding
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: Jun. 2, 2011, 09:03 AM
  4. Maiden Mare Aborted at 269 days after another mare foaled
    By retento in forum Sport Horse Breeding
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: Apr. 22, 2010, 05:47 PM
  5. What is the oldest mare you have had a successful birthing from?
    By florida foxhunter in forum Sport Horse Breeding
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: Nov. 26, 2008, 01:32 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •