Showing Heat-Like Symptoms Constantly!
Hi all, it's me again. Lilly seems to be doing everything she can to baffle me this year. I guess she's making up for lost time for having nary a health problem in 11 years.
Just over a month ago, I moved my mare Lilly to a friend's place. Before, her pasture mate was a 29 year old mare. My friend owns two geldings and two mares. When we brought Lilly to my friend's place, she immediately began exhibiting extreme signs of heat, including squeeling, lashing out with her front legs and urinating in small amounts. I thought it was slightly unusual for her to be in heat in January, but not impossible and given that she was with a geriatric mare, it didn't surprise me that she wouldn't show signs of heat previously.
My friend just talked to me on the phone to discuss a few other things, but mentioned that Lilly hasn't let up on the heat-like behaviour, like if it were possible, you'd think she was in heat every day. Every time a horse, mare or gelding alike, walks by, she squeals and lashes out with her front legs and acts very mareish. She hasn't been let in with the other horses, but just does this behaviour across the fence in the adjacent paddock. Could it just be excitement over her new friends that will pass, or do you think there are other health related causes of this? Is she just exhibiting dominance? She didn't do any of these behaviours before, but she was also the boss in her previous herd of two.
I've scheduled a vet appointment for her next week for some things unrelated to this, but was going to ask the vet about this too and conduct some hormone tests if deemed necessary. I just want to know if anyone else has experienced anything like this before?