Hello Everyone. I am new here as of today. I have always owned geldings so I know next to nothing about mares. My closest friend has her 2, one and a half year old horses out here at my place. One is a mare, the other a stallion. My son also has a 4-5 year old stallion here.
To get to the point, NOT one of us thought to separate her from the other horses because, like I said, I have ZERO knowledge about mares and their cycles, etc. Even the owner thought that she would be too young to be interested in mating. Anyway to make a long story short: This morning we caught her and the older stallion, shall we say, occupied.
So, my question is can she get pregnant so young and if so what can be done? Should we, or rather can we terminate the pregnancy? Or do we do nothing except help her through it? Will this be detrimental to her growth? Will it make her a smaller horse if she is left to carry the pregnancy to term? I am really scared about this. She is such a sweetheart, and one beautiful little Palomino princess. Myself, as well as the owner, want to do what is right by her. Her welfare is what is foremost important to us at this time.
I feel terrible because we all were running on the assumption that we had a few months before we needed to get both stallions gelded. She has also shown no interest in either stallion. The only thing I have noticed is that she does kick at the older stallion if he comes too close for her liking. So why would she now let him mount her?
She spends the majority of her time with my 2 and half year old Tabiano gelding. My gelding is the alpha of this herd, which I find unusual having 2 stallions in with them, but I think that is why she hangs with him the majority of the time. She beds down with my gelding, eats with him, plays with him, etc… And he does run the stallions off if they get too close.
What to do? HELP please. I feel really stupid, but like I said I WON'T own a mare so I have NO knowledge about their cycles, or seasons, when they are fertile, etc.
If you can help ease my mind and share your knowledge with me, PLEASE do so.
Thank You for listening to my ranting... Cammiio2