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  • Lifespan of a mare
  • Caring for an older mare

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    07-29-2008, 01:52 PM
I don't know if this is horse etiquitte but if they will tell you her cycle dates ask for a video of saddeling up in the middle of the cycle-i read that saddeling is a touchy thing for some in estrus.
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    07-29-2008, 01:57 PM
Thanks guys! I really appreciate all your input. I really like that video idea. The folks that own her are going on and on about what a good girl she is.... I want to be cautious but I kind of believe them.

The exercise comment also makes great sence. DUh..just like us. When I'm active I feel better than when I sit around and eat ice cream and peanut butter!!!!
    07-29-2008, 03:11 PM
As you know I have all girlys. I really can't tell much difference in attitude when any of them are in season. Ours don't get winky and no tail turning, but we have no boys to tease them either. Out of the 8 mares we have owned, only had one was a little touchy during her time. It was more of a pain issue than an attitude I think. I don't have anything to compare as far as whats better mares or geldings. I obviously like my girls :)
They will continue estrus through their entire life span. As far as breeding is concerned it gets a little harder and more dangerous the older the mare. Mares estrus slows or stops during the winter months so if your looking at them in dead winter theres no way you will know what their like during the cycle. Some have what I call a "hard heat" the first few times they cycle in the spring. Vida will even get a little touchy during grooming at that time. Other than that she is a gem.
During the breeding season (late spring-early fall) they will cycle every 21-23 days and will have 3-8 days of standing (for breeding) heat.
    07-29-2008, 06:45 PM
Thanks Vida! I wrote all that down!
    07-30-2008, 08:36 AM
Well at least you wont have a menopausal mare heheheh
Had no idea that it lasts life long-such great info
    07-30-2008, 09:56 AM
Hahaha...no hot flashes! :P
    08-01-2008, 08:53 PM
Hey girl! I'm back! I have 2 new mares....like you have only owned GELDINGS my ENTIRE life!!!

Mares...I've been afraid of. UNTIL I bought these 2. They are the most loving horses I've ever owned. Always coming to me wanting to be loved on. EVEN IN THEIR CYCLE! It's like they need affirmation! If it were up to me, just from the 2 mares I own, I'd trade in all the geldings. There's no pissiness between everyone. The mares are lovey dovey and lick /scratch on the other horses. The geldings don't know what happened to them! All this estrogen is driving them wild!!!!!

Maybe we can chalk it up to a great experience, or maybe some people just prefer one gender over the other. I love my mix of mares and geldings because I get them best of both worlds. I also think it makes my horse more well rounded when they "get in public" and want to act naughty.
    08-03-2008, 06:37 PM
All mares are different
My mare can put her self in and out of season weneva she wants, which means she in season 4 weeks at a time
They are in season for 2 - 7 days every 21-23 days inbetween feb/march too september/october dependant on the mare and weather.

Hope I helped in some way :)
    08-03-2008, 11:22 PM
You all have been tremendous help and very informative... I have pictures of her in the critique section. Pleas take a look at her and let me know what you think!!!

Horse trade pictures ( in critiques section)


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