Heat cycles in an older mare?
Pretty much I'm wondering when a mare should stop going into heat (age-wise), if ever?
Lacey's nearly 27 and she's still going into heat very regularly.
However, every couple of heats she seems to be in pain in her abdominal area (this seems to be a pretty normal occurrence for her, in the 3.5 years I've had her). Once she even kicked me for pressing too hard in her flank area, and this last week she was biting at me (which she never does) when I was near her sides, touching them with anything more than light pressure, and she was bucking quite a bit around her field (she hardly ever bucks).
She seemed more comfortable today and from the way she was behaving, she's gotten to the "hussy" stage of her heat cycle, but I'm just not sure if it's really normal for a mare of her age to be having heat cycles, and be obviously uncomfortable during them...
I do have her on raspberry leaves which really seem to help (she still gets a little cranky but not angry cranky like this) but we ran out two weeks ago, which is why I think this last cycle was so bad. Thankfully my order came today so she got a double dose.
But anyway, is this something to mention to the vet or is it really pretty normal?
I anticipate that it's probably completely normal, but I wanted to be really sure.
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
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Rest peacefully, Lacey.