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post #1 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Mare heats

I am not posting this threat with the intention of breeding, actually the opposite! Last fall we rescued 3 horses, all females. One is a 3 yr old filly, her yearling sister and her 20 yr old mother. The issue is... we do have a young stallion. we also have 1 older mare who we have successfully kept separate and not been bred and one mare that does not seem to take to breeding. The question I am asking is when do mares stop their heat cycles? Do to a watering situation where we keep them, in the winter we only have 1 place where there is water so we have been putting the one mare and stud together and carrying water to the other. what we are hoping to do is put all 6 together during the coldest months but do not want any accidents. It will be too difficult to carry in water to 3 pastures, 2 was easy, but not 3. I live in south central BC. if that is any help.
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 09:10 PM
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Normally mares will start to go out when they are 20. But the thing is. They can some times get pregnant. Even when they are 20. It just depends. If I where you I would not put the stallion any place near the mares. You dont want to take a chance of them having a foal.
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I have known mares to cycle all year round. Im in Michigan, so it does get cold here.

most mares here come into heat in March, and back out in October. but there are expections.

id never risk putting any mare with a stallion. mares can be successfully bred into their late 20s.

it sounds like you dont breed. why not just geld him and make your life very stress-free and simple?
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There is a mare at the ranch I got my horses from that is 26 this year and had a colt in April. (I'm not saying I agree, just stating a fact.) I live in Oklahoma and have seasons, it gets cold and snows, but I still have a mare that stayes in heat all year, that is one reason I am on foal watch right now. Not the best time to have a foal, it's going to get too cold.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 10:03 PM
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Murphy's Law, you have some mares you don't want bred, and you have a stallion, maybe even a young colt that you think can't breed them, you'll end up with a foal or two or more. Murphy's Law is evil.
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 10:16 PM
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Why not just put the mares together and the stud in the second area? You would still only have to fill two troughs.

Edit: Why don't you geld him?
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I'm working on the gelding part... he belongs to my husband who is against altering! I'm all for it! I guess it is a myth that mare goes out of heat during the long cold winter months... sigh..
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*sigh* Men!

Just do it...He'll never even know... Lol.
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 10:58 PM
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Welcome to the forum

Men sometimes have issues with the concept of "removing another's manhood"... But it is best for the horses, since they are herd animals. Much cheaper, easier, and less risky to geld the stud than it would be to spay the mares.

You can read this discussion with your husband, another member got some help from members as to all the reasons why it is in the horse's best interest to be gelded when they are not a breeding animal ;)
Not gelding a horse that you have no intention of breeding
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 11:29 PM
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Men is right. Get him gelded when he isn't home

But it depends on your mare and climate. Ours tend to go out during the winter. I've had one come back in in January, others around March.

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