Do mares cycle in the winter?
 
 

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    11-11-2012, 05:24 AM
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Do mares cycle in the winter?

Ok, we bought this mare, 10yo bay mare 14.3hh, name is DJ.. Bought her for my mum because she is very laid back with an awesome nature, and acts more like a deadbroke 30yo than a 10yo tb... But, when we bought her, I noticed some colts on the same property... So I asked the owner if she had ever been in contact with them... The answer I got was "We paddocked them all together during the winter because mares don't cycle in the winter, plus the colts don't know the are colts yet"

-I call BS to the "colts don't know" part, because I know they were all over a year old, one of them was a 3yo, so they most certainly would have known what their boy parts were made for... But, do mares cycle in winter? We had quite a mild winter compared to last year if that makes any difference.

I'm starting to get suspicious that she may be in foal or having a phantom, as she is getting very touchy on her stomach, lifting a hind leg and snaking around to bite if you touch her tummy.. And this is NOT the DJ we know at all. She is also peeing a lot and has taken the expression "eating like a horse" to a whole new level...

If she is pregnant (and yes I do plan to have her tested!!!) then how long before it is too late to give them the shot to drop it? As we did not plan on breeding this mare, or any mare for that matter.

This is DJ now... (bay mare, the other horse is my gelding who is definitely a gelding)
I'm planning on getting her into the clinic for a full blood panel, if she is pregnant we will care for her appropriately, if she is not then maybe we will find out why she is acting so "off" lately.
-She was with previous owner for 6 months, and has been with us for maybe 3?

I will do everything in my power to get this sorted out by a vet quickly, but as I am 17, and still under my parents roof, and DJ is my mums horse, I do not have much say in what goes or doesn't for her. But I promise I will do what I can as soon as I can do it.

These photo's were taken yesterday:
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She's very tight just in front of her flank, at the bottom of her belly and touching that spot is a HUGE no no.
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    11-11-2012, 05:26 AM
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The very last photo on there was the day we got her home a few months ago
     
    11-11-2012, 05:51 AM
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Trained
A mare's fertility generally approaches -0- during the winter months, but it is possible (see below). Having your vet palpate or ultrasound her is the only way to know for sure as changes in behavior are not a reliable indication.

The mare is seasonally polyestrous. That is, she has multiple heat cycles during certain seasons of the year. In the northern hemisphere, most mares have regular estrous cycles only from late spring until, if she is not impregnated, mid fall. At other times of the year, she may demonstrate no estrus activity at all, or if any activity is shown, it may be erratic and is often anovulatory. It is estimated that 75-85% of mares become anestrus in the winter months, with many of the remaining mares - although showing estrus behaviour - in fact being anovulatory. Year-round estrus behaviour is more commonly seen closer to the equator; in fatter mares; and in mares that are exposed to prolonged artificial lighting. It is not however restricted to those situations1.
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    11-11-2012, 09:00 AM
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I have a mare that I bought for my birthday that is now in heat and another that just stopped. Their cycles are not as long as in the spring only 2-3 days but my stallion is interested and instead of roaming the pasture with the other mares they spend a lot of time by his pen.
Get your mare checked out by a vet. That is truly the only way to be sure or wait a few more months to see if she delivers a surprise. Shalom
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    11-11-2012, 09:20 AM
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I have a few in heat right now. I have one that cycles regularly through the entire winter, others that are sporadic and a couple that don't at all. Like others have said the only way to be sure is to get the vet out. Being with intact colts regardless of the time of year leaves possibility, though it's smaller chance it is still very possible.
     
    11-11-2012, 12:03 PM
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Some of mine do, some of mine don't.
I've never had mares get sore, especially in the early months of pregnancy. Could be she got kicked with internal swelling or has a torn muscle or....
Vet is definitely your best bet. Hopefully it all comes out in your favour!
     
    11-11-2012, 02:21 PM
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I'm really hoping she isn't in foal, but I will get her checked oe way or another asap. Now that I have graduated high school and finished for the year I'm hoping I will be able to trailer her over there sometime within the next week or so. I just figured I would ask in the meantime is all.

I don't know about you guys, but I would never, ever, paddock intact males with mares that I do not want bred, whether they're cycling or not. She also had a mare there who "could not get in foal" (not vet diagnosed, just self assumed).
Also, during the early stages of spring, she would paddock them together for the day while she ran errands, or after a ride to make feeding time easier....Still stating that the colts didn't know they were colts yet. Some people -_-

There is a possibility she could have been kicked I supose as with all horses when paddocked together, but the only torment Mitch puts her through is licking her to death and he is the only paddock mate she has had since being here. But I will get that checked as a possibility also.
     
    11-11-2012, 02:36 PM
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Trained
If she is in foal, he should be able to tell if it's early enough to abort.
I put my two year old in with bred mares so he learns manners and is socialized, but if you put any colt in with open mares, chances are of babies happening.
I had one mare who slipped in the pasture and tore a muscle in her hind end all by herself. Two years later it's still there, and my vet is a little perplexed. Scared the crap out of me cause I was thinking cancer.
I love horses, but man can they get themselves into some real pickles.
     
    11-11-2012, 04:31 PM
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If she is in foal, he should be able to tell if it's early enough to abort.
I put my two year old in with bred mares so he learns manners and is socialized, but if you put any colt in with open mares, chances are of babies happening.
I had one mare who slipped in the pasture and tore a muscle in her hind end all by herself. Two years later it's still there, and my vet is a little perplexed. Scared the crap out of me cause I was thinking cancer.
I love horses, but man can they get themselves into some real pickles.

Well I definitely will find a way to get her out to a vet one way or another, I'm not going to consult the online pregnancy test

That's a point, she may have done that. I'll get her checked out and see what they come up with.
Oh can they what if there's a chance to do something to themselves they will do it
     
    11-12-2012, 06:41 PM
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Foal
I have a mare in heat now .. how long is a heat cycle .. I've always had geldings so I've never experienced this .. thanks.
     

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