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post #1 of 2 Old 06-05-2013, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Mares in season in different ways

I have two mares. I have always had geldings in the past. My girls are completely different when they go into season.

I got my first mare 3 yrs ago. She was 5 and I could never tell when she was in season. She is very mild mannered. My other mare I have had for 1 1/2 yrs. She is 16yrs old and when she goes into season, every 3 weeks, for 5-7 days it is very obvious. She squirts constantly, spreads her legs, tenses her whole body, stands like a statue and you can't budge her. She is overly affectionate and wants to hug you with her head. She does not get bitchy at all. I moved them to a new barn in the beginnnig of the year and the 16 yr old did not go into season for almost 4 months, now she is back to every 3 weeks or so with the same tell-tail signs and my now 8 yr old is pms'ing.

Finally my question, is all this normal or is my 16 yr old over hormonal? Is my 8 yr old maturing? Is that why I am seeing irritability when she is in season now compared to 2 yrs ago? Any information on mares in season would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-05-2013, 07:18 PM
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my mare Chilly was always the "silent heat" type. I've owned her since she was seven months. She is now twelve years old and last year was the first year she ever full out showed she was in heat. As I wass riding her none-the-less. She squatted and peed about 10 times in 25 minutes. And she was Miss Attitude.

Conveniently, I was breeding her that year and took her down to the stallion owner that day. She conceived within two days and I got the perfect filly.

My 6 year mare , I saw in heat for the first time at the first show I brought her to. Excessive urination, winking and MOODY. But once we brought her home, no other signs.

They are all different. Its possible as they get older, they display more outward signs of heat cycles. Or, a new enviroment can bring it out in them. A new addition to the herd. Diet change. Could be a number of things...
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