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  • Mare's heat cycle
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    08-31-2012, 11:14 AM
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Green Broke
Heat Cycles?

I have heard from several people that Mares can come into heat after conceiving, and I have seen a pregnant mare come in the following month. Lately I have heard that a small number of mares will show heat throught out their pregnancies. Has any one else heard of, or had experience with this?

Second question. I have owned and worked with many mares. Typically you notice distinct heat cycles throughout the summer, unless you have a mare that is very quiet about it. My arabian came into heat in mid april(I got her in march) and was extremely obnoxious about it tail in the air, butt in every geldings face, etc. I havent seen her in heat since, at all. She is in a mixed herd with lots of geldings, and I have seen virtually every other mare in heat, but not her. Her previous home she was out with the cows, only brought in a couple times a year, with one other gelding. Has anyone heard of a mare that obviously comes into heat in the spring, then is silent the rest of the year? I'm a bit worried about this one...
     
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    08-31-2012, 11:23 AM
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Trained
I have heard it can happen too. My mare had pretty silent heat cycles. This year in April she was in full blown heat. Squirting and flagging her tail. Something I hadnt seen her do in the 11 years I've had her. Lucky for me, I was breeding her this year. Took her to the stallions house and she was bred. I had her ultrasounded at 18 days...turned out she was 20 days pregnant. Lol. And I have no seen her shown any signs of being in heat since. Even when a new horse was brought onto the property, she didnt act all flirty like she normally does with new horses.

As far as the 2nd question, mares horomones rage in the spring time. Coming out of the heatless winter months, the first one of the year can be very prominent in mares. Its the natural urge to reproduce and be bred. It could also be because she was new on the property. Many mares will come into heat when coming to a new place because it will allow them to be more easily accepted into the herd.
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    08-31-2012, 03:25 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by BlueSpark    

Second question. I have owned and worked with many mares. Typically you notice distinct heat cycles throughout the summer, unless you have a mare that is very quiet about it. My arabian came into heat in mid april(I got her in march) and was extremely obnoxious about it tail in the air, butt in every geldings face, etc. I havent seen her in heat since, at all. She is in a mixed herd with lots of geldings, and I have seen virtually every other mare in heat, but not her. Her previous home she was out with the cows, only brought in a couple times a year, with one other gelding. Has anyone heard of a mare that obviously comes into heat in the spring, then is silent the rest of the year? I'm a bit worried about this one...
Yes!! I bought my horse in February....she had her first heat cycle in March and it was a doozy. She was flirting up a storm with the geldings in the next field....flagging, peeing everywhere.

I haven't seen that happen since. I was wondering if the first cycle of the year can be more extreme and then the others be silent. Seems that way doesn't it?
     
    09-08-2012, 11:46 PM
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Foal
My mare(s) would run off if it was possible, to the neighbor's thoroughly bemused gelding. Poor guy had no clue what they were squealing about. Whinny would be moody, but the other two never were really loud about it.
     

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