normally calm mare isn't coming into season and is acting like a brat! - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 12 Old 03-13-2014, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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normally calm mare isn't coming into season and is acting like a brat!

Feeling a bit stressed. My mare has been in a paddock beside the stallion for a fortnight and hasn't come into season. My friend has had 3 of her mares come and go and they only stayed for a week each and my girls still not showing any sign of coming on. The stallions lost all interest in her

She's 6 going on 7 shortly. Never had a foal and is normally very well mannered. Runs with one gelding normally. Comes when I call her. I've never had to tie her. She's never been hard to catch but at the moment she might as well have never been handled! I can't get near her.

I take her feed bucket out and she will come close but if I try to put her halter on she bolts.
She's got a white face and is starting to get blisters and sores from the sunburn. I usually have a mask our sunscreen on her. She's rubbing her mane and tail out from being itchy as I can't get near her to put fly spray on. I can't put get in a smaller paddock.

She must be having a wonderful time evading mum but Gees Louise she looks like a wild pony that no one loves!

I guess my question is, will she come into season soon or should I take her home? I'm currently paying agistment for two paddocks and getting very frustrated :'(
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She's always been touchy around everyone else but never me. We had a fantastic relationship. I think the little cows hurt my feelings hahaha
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-13-2014, 08:35 PM
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Does the breeder pasture breed? It sounds like she's super stressed at the new area.
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By pasture breed do you mean let the stallion loose in the paddock with the mares?
The stallion is in his own paddock right beside the mares. Once the mares come into season, they take the mare into a small yard, serve her and then turn her out again.
The stallion is quite gentle but when the mares aren't in season he gets aggressive with them.
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Hm... I was just wondering if it's worth it putting him in.

Are there other horses around? Is it at all possible to put her with them for awhile, then try her again?

My trainer always knows when her broodmares are in heat because they'll call to the stallion though he is NEVER pastured adjacent. Not sure how much of a hussy she is, but my guess is she's just super super stressed. Either take her home and try again at some point, or try leaving her and doing everything possible to minimize the stress even if the breeding is put on hold a couple weeks.
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Yes she's in a paddock with other mares. She chooses to mostly stay up near the stallion with another grey mare but there are other mares that stay down in the back corner...
I think I might take her home and try again in a few weeks. I don't know if she's super stress or just enjoying being a little feral :(
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She may be being bullying.. I'm getting the stressed impression but you know your horse.

I assume the stallion would know if she's in heat even if she's not acting it. If this continues to be an issue talk to your vet.
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Just a thought from my own experience. My girl gave the stallion a heck of a time her first breeding. She wouldn't quite come in to season and was acting feral similar to yours. Vet had a look and she had a ripe follicle sitting there but she would not drop it. Vet gave her a shot of PG and she was pregnant a week later.
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Since you are in Aus. Isnt this the end of your breeding season? She may not be cycling like she would in the spring. If I were the stallion owner I would pasture her with him if the pen was big enough. An acre or more. If not have you tried teasing her with the stallion to see if she is indeed in heat or not? Shalom
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^ Good catch.

It sounded to me like the stallion is adjacent..is teasing still necessary? Apparently the stallion has lost interest in her.

OP said the stallion gets aggressive with mares not in season so idk if pasture breeding is the best.
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