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post #1 of 6 Old 06-01-2012, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question question about my mare in heat...

I recently got a mare and have a few questions about them going in heat...

How LONG are they in heat? How often(in the summer) do they cycle?

I have a gelding that is acting VERY studdy around her,as she is in heat right now... is that normal?

I am getting her bred the middle of June...will my gelding still act like that AFTER she is bred?

Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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If he's mounting, getting very aggressive towards you or your mare, separate them. A real gelded horse usually doesn't act studdy unless 1) he was bred before he was cut, 2) he's crypt. Did you witness him being gelded? Its hard to say whether he'll act this way even after she's pregnant, but I would separate them for safty of everyone. As for heat cycles, it varies with each mare. They have their real time to be bred out of the whole breeding season its just finding it. It can go two days clear out till nearly two weeks in which I've had that done.
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If he's mounting, getting very aggressive towards you or your mare, separate them. A real gelded horse usually doesn't act studdy unless 1) he was bred before he was cut, 2) he's crypt. Did you witness him being gelded? Its hard to say whether he'll act this way even after she's pregnant, but I would separate them for safty of everyone. As for heat cycles, it varies with each mare. They have their real time to be bred out of the whole breeding season its just finding it. It can go two days clear out till nearly two weeks in which I've had that done.
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thanks for the info.

Though I would like to note that my mare is +15H and my gelding is 12H.... I did not witness him being gelded, as we have only had him two years...

Quick question: what does crypt mean?
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I didn't know how to spell it but its where one or both of the testicals didn't decend into its scrotum and was left in there possibly. They're usually infertile. Hormones tests are available by a vet which they inject him with steroids to see if his testostrome increases. If it doesn't react he's been gelded correctly. It could be also he has learned behaviors of covering a mare before being gelded as well. Even a breeding stallion who is then gelded might retain some of his behaviors.
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Also if there is one testical still in there it would be up in his abdomin which requires surgury to remove.
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He could be a cryptorchid, or he could be proud cut. If he's proud cut, he's gelded but will still act studdy.
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