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    01-08-2012, 09:04 PM
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Foal
Mare In Season, is this normal?

*Warning!* Little bit gross if you don't like toilet talk

I have a 10yo mare who whilst being well behaved and tempered whilst in season she when out in the paddock seems to pee and 'wink' a lot, or at least more than others I have seen. She also seems to get particularly dirty back there when in season, and I have noticed brown/red build up between her teats, which are particularly stretched due to damage to her sensitive skin when nursing her one foal.
She has never shown poor performance or pain when in season, in fact I never know until I watch her in the paddock. She doesn't get bossier or nasty with other horses or myself, just lots of peeing…
I'm going to get a vet out soon to give her a check over, including her eyes as she's an appy. Should I be concerned about this, or is it common/harmless?
     
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    01-08-2012, 11:20 PM
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Foal
Well I would assume horses are a bit like dogs,people so on and that everyone is different. I don't think I would be to concerned, but asking the vet is a good idea if you are worried.
     
    01-09-2012, 09:29 AM
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Started
Agreed. Nothing about this seems unusual to me but if you'd like to have a once over by a vet that doesn't hurt.

I have one mare here who gets very "dirty" as well so when she comes back out of heat I usually wash her up.
     
    01-09-2012, 09:49 AM
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Yearling
Some are just more "demonstrative" in season than others. My BO used to have a mare that would back up to fence posts when in season. IME all mares get build up between their teats as well, it needs to be cleaned out regularly.
     
    01-09-2012, 06:30 PM
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Weanling
My mare has an occasionally "bad" season where she will be messier "back there" than usual. It's normal though, albeit unpleasant. I'm not sure how cold it is where you are, but if you can't bathe, take a cloth or sponge and just try to keep her clean back there, because the urine and discharge can make her rub herself raw between the legs if it is left to run down there. The joys of mares!
     
    01-09-2012, 06:48 PM
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Weanling
My mare just went into a heat cycle right before Christmas but living in NE OH and having an unusually warm spell, it didn't surprise anyone at the barn. We had always thought mares don't go into heat in the winter. I use babywipes on Raven's back end and try to clean her nipples on days when I know it will be warmer out so she isn't standing wet in the cold. It takes me about 10 minutes to get all the "goop" off. I heard putting vaseline on the nipples will keep them from getting so dirty and be easier to clean.
     

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