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  • How long do mares go into heat
  • When do mares stop cycling

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    10-22-2008, 02:16 PM
oh mares!

Ok I have only owned geldings till now....so when do mares usually come in heat? How long does this last? Do mares ever go through a type of menopause? Thanks
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    10-22-2008, 03:47 PM
Lol it depends on the horse as far as how long they are in heat, my old mare would ususally b a week or two but it had lasted for a month before. And as far as menopause, unfortunately that doesnt happen! But sometimes as they get older they will be less moody when theyre in heat.
    10-22-2008, 03:56 PM
Thanks.. she was in heat when I met her about 2.5 weeks ago....when can I expect another heat? She was only in heat for about 5 days this last time
    10-22-2008, 04:00 PM
It depends on how close they r to other male horses. My mare would go into heat about every couple of months or so if she was by herself but if she was near geldings who thought they were stallions then it was like every month!
    10-22-2008, 04:48 PM
Well ms rayne hates mares!!! Ooo she will even share her feed with a gelding. Such a flirt!!!! And her boyfriend is moving this saturday and I know she will be heartbroken, but oh well....she will have to flirt with some other gelding!
    10-22-2008, 05:05 PM
Anyone feel free to correct me but mares will go into season once a month but they do stop through the winter months.
I was told all but thoroughbreds will stop estrus in the winter

Edit: I had to look it up lol
From Wikipedia:
A mare may be 4 to 10 days in heat and about 14 days in diestrus. Thus a cycle may be short, I.e. 3 weeks. Horses mate in spring and summer, autumn is a transition time, and anestrus rules the winter.
A feature of the fertility cycle of horses and other large herd animals is that it is usually affected by the seasons. The number of hours daily that light enters the eye of the animal affects the brain, which governs the release of certain precursors and hormones. When daylight hours are few, these animals "shut down," become anestrous, and do not become fertile. As the days grow longer, the longer periods of daylight cause the hormones which activate the breeding cycle to be released. As it happens, this has a sort of utility for these animals in that, given a gestation period of about eleven months, it prevents them from having young when the cold of winter would make their survival risky. This is why animals can reproduce during only certain times of the year.
    10-22-2008, 05:08 PM
Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
Anyone feel free to correct me but mares will go into season once a month but they do stop through the winter months.
I was told all but thoroughbreds will stop estrus in the winter

Please let me know if this is true or not bc that means I will have more(not most or all) of her attention!!! Woohoo
    10-22-2008, 05:11 PM
Check my above post I added the info at the same time you were answering
    10-22-2008, 05:15 PM
Green Broke
I think it last about a week or so not too long...Im a gelding person too
    10-23-2008, 03:35 PM
Being near male horses can bring them into heat? I'm doomed then. My horse is stabled next to one stallion and ridden next to another.

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