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    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.
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    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!
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    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!


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    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.


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    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.



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    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!



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    18 yo maiden mare produced the light of my life!! (Thick) TB mare, WB dad.
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