Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Desert from Hell, CA.
So, I bought my first horse a year and a half ago, almost, a weanling filly. I dealt with her first heat, and I just this week saw the craziness that some mares can exhibit, as well as my BO telling me horror stories!
So, for my filly, I can easily guess when she's in heat because she's TWITCHY and distracted. =/
For Witch (new horse lol)...my god, the stud came in from his pen while she could see him from her stall on the other side of the barn...and she went crazy! Started being really loud and jumping around, trying to see if she could get over the top walls of the stall, kicked the stall walls a few times, etc! My BO laughed at me and said that was nothing!!! Apparently, every time her mare goes into heat she tries to jump over the walls, all these crazy things from the other mares boarded there....
So as far as what to look for, I guess it varies with the mare.
As for udders, they get this yucky dirty stuff around the area. Grab a white towel, paper towel or baby wipe and scrub around in between there, see what comes off. Some people use sheath cleaner on the area, apparently it works pretty well.
As far as the whole heat thing...I think they're distracted and ya can't really blame them, however they should still BEHAVE.
Originally Posted by Jareth, the Goblin King
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