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Breeders, at what age do you present for inspection your young broodmares?

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  • Breeders, at what age do you present for inspection your young broodmares?

    I know 3 is the youngest age to present, but I was just wondering if you present your young broodies at 3 or wait? Perhaps it is decided on an individual basis, which would make sense if the horse was still quite immature. Just wondering if the inspectors take into account age, etc.


    Thanks.
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    I do it right away at age 3. That way, if something were to happen to them (injury in pasture or at a show), they will be able to have a career as a broodmare. If you wait and they are injured badly enough to affect their gaits, then they might not get approved or might have to go into a low book.
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    • #3
      I'll do it at three for the reasons mentionned by Sonesta.
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        #4
        Originally posted by Sonesta View Post
        I do it right away at age 3. That way, if something were to happen to them (injury in pasture or at a show), they will be able to have a career as a broodmare. If you wait and they are injured badly enough to affect their gaits, then they might not get approved or might have to go into a low book.
        I just noticed your sig. Our kennel club president shows American Cavalier King Charles quite extensively in obedience. Random, I know.

        Anyway, this is kind of what I was thinking--three regardless just in case of injury.
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        • #5
          I am not presenting my 3 year old this summer because she is in an awkward growth stage. I may in the fall, or next year as a 4 year old.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sonesta View Post
            I do it right away at age 3. That way, if something were to happen to them (injury in pasture or at a show), they will be able to have a career as a broodmare. If you wait and they are injured badly enough to affect their gaits, then they might not get approved or might have to go into a low book.
            ^^ yup.
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            • #7
              I encourage folks that come to our inspections to get their mares inspected while they are young and sound - and before breeding them, as often the comments or scores from inspectors can be rather helpful in making stallion selections for the mares.

              Presenting mares at age 3 is pretty much the norm in Europe, but a fair number of those mares have been either lunging or working under saddle a bit to build their toplines.

              Not as many folks in NA seem to start their 3 y/o's that way, so the mares maybe don't look as good or score as well as they would if presented at age 4 with some muscling on them.

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              • #8
                AHHA will inspect at 2.5. My mare went then and even though she was young and grow-y, scoped quite well and was site champion. The reserve champ was 19 and the oldest mare presented, so the inspectors definitely looked at the horses as individuals.
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                • #9
                  I present mine at age 3. We always do considerable ground work with them, so they look pretty good by that age. The other reasons listed above are also factors we consider.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JWB View Post
                    AHHA will inspect at 2.5. My mare went then and even though she was young and grow-y, scoped quite well and was site champion. The reserve champ was 19 and the oldest mare presented, so the inspectors definitely looked at the horses as individuals.
                    This. I present as young as possible. For AHHA I take my mares in their 2 year old year. I love presenting 2 year olds b/c then they are approved before breeding as a 3 year old and I don't have to worry about registration issues (for the foal ) if *god forbid* the mare were to die, leaving behind the foal. I have presented two homebred mares at 2 1/2 years of age and each was the reserve champion of their site (one site had 13 mares); while both looked immature compared to the older mares there, it obviously didn't hurt them.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sonesta View Post
                      I do it right away at age 3. That way, if something were to happen to them (injury in pasture or at a show), they will be able to have a career as a broodmare. If you wait and they are injured badly enough to affect their gaits, then they might not get approved or might have to go into a low book.
                      Ditto
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                        #12
                        I would love to go AHHA, but it is too far of a drive. *sigh* I think GOV is one of our closer venues, assuming they host in MN next year (didn't have an inspection the year my filly was born).

                        What do they do in Europe to build toplines? Ground drive? Lunge? Not excited about lunging a young 3 year old very much.

                        Of course she is on stall rest from a pasture injury right now, so injury issues are top-of-mind and the reason I posted. Looks like she got cast in the feeder or in the fence or something. BO didn't notice it, and I wasn't out for 5 days, so now I'm dealing with proud flesh. Ugh. She has remained sound though. It is just a stressor however.
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                        • #13
                          My filly came in from pasture life in early August for an October inspection. She did two months of building up condition and topline with a little bit of lunging and a lot of walking/trotting behind a four-wheeler. She free jumped all of 2 times and we actually free jumped her at the approvals too, but I think she definitely would have scored better there with another year of work.

                          First day in from pasture
                          https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos...181_6084_n.jpg

                          Two months later at AHHA inspection - Still looks immature but better muscle
                          https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos...181_8716_n.jpg

                          At 3.5 (at BWP Keuring)
                          https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos...181_8716_n.jpg
                          The rebel in the grey shirt

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                          • #14
                            I bring them at 4 with a foal at their side. One trip to the inspection, two inpsections. I just think it is easier. Plus, they are more mature.

                            Tim
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by JWB View Post
                              My filly came in from pasture life in early August for an October inspection. She did two months of building up condition and topline with a little bit of lunging and a lot of walking/trotting behind a four-wheeler. She free jumped all of 2 times and we actually free jumped her at the approvals too, but I think she definitely would have scored better there with another year of work.

                              First day in from pasture
                              https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos...181_6084_n.jpg

                              Two months later at AHHA inspection - Still looks immature but better muscle
                              https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos...181_8716_n.jpg

                              At 3.5 (at BWP Keuring)
                              https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos...181_8716_n.jpg
                              Your last two pics are the same for me.
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                              • #16
                                To get the TB yearlings fit for the sales, they do lots and lots of handwalking. Like 45 minutes to an hour a day. If you can walk up and down hills, so much the better.
                                Caitlin
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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by RyTimMick View Post
                                  I bring them at 4 with a foal at their side. One trip to the inspection, two inpsections. I just think it is easier. Plus, they are more mature.

                                  Tim
                                  Does AHHA require the mares to jump? (I could go look this up I guess)...
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by TrotTrotPumpkn View Post
                                    Does AHHA require the mares to jump? (I could go look this up I guess)...
                                    No, it's optional
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                                    • #19
                                      I present at 3 or 4, depending on how they look. I'd rather wait until 4 (even if they have a foal at their side at that point) if they look less than desirable at 3.
                                      Eliza
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by TrotTrotPumpkn View Post
                                        Your last two pics are the same for me.
                                        Oops!!!
                                        Here's the 3-year old picture.
                                        https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._2052811_n.jpg
                                        The rebel in the grey shirt

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