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    06-20-2008, 12:59 PM
Mares in Heat

Yesterday when I was at the barn, Jubilee was in heat. She couldn't stay away from the geldings and she was "winking" and peeing all the time! Lol. She's constantly flirty, and to me it seems like she's in perpetual heat ALL THE TIME! Can someone explain the heat cycle because I always found it kind of confusing. How often does it happen?

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    06-20-2008, 01:26 PM
*sigh* mares in heat are the bane of my existence right now...they don't care a whit about my training schedule

Mares cycle roughly once a month (its actually a little less than a month) and stay in heat for anywhere from 3 to 7 or 8 days. Last from late spring to early autumn. If it becomes a big issue, you could look in to something like regumate, though that has its own effects. My friend's mare gets super lazy on regumate and it becomes almost impossible for her to lose weight. But for some mares that have extremely behavior changes and are on a show schedule, its not uncommon.
    06-20-2008, 01:32 PM
Sara, its really not bad at all. I don't see any difference in her behaviour towards me, on the ground or when riding. I just think its funny when I watch her flirting with all of those men. Haha.
    06-20-2008, 02:38 PM
Info about mare heat cycle:

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    06-20-2008, 02:41 PM
I have never had a mare so I guess I never actually learned much about them. I was wondering tho, why can you not "spay" a mare like you would a dog or other pet? (sorry this isn't meant to hijack the post...I was just wondering while we were on the topic)
    06-20-2008, 02:52 PM
You can, actually. But its a more complicated and expensive surgery for horses...ANY surgery is more complicated for large animals, for the most part. Much easier to just geld the boys, since you don't usually have to lay the horse down and go into the abdominal cavity. Most people don't consider it unless their mare has severe and dangerous behavior changes due to hormonal imbalances. We actually had a thread about this awhile back...didn't feel like digging it up ;)
    06-20-2008, 04:21 PM
Trained I guess I didn't do my Thanks Sara!
    06-20-2008, 06:20 PM
Vega is hilarious when she's in heat. She has to put on a whole speal (sp?) in front of every single boy. Head held high, tail up, prancing. It's cute and amusing to watch
    06-20-2008, 09:08 PM
It must be the presence of the boys. We have all mares, there isn't a stallion within 6-8 miles. I never even notice when our girls are in season. Vida gets a little lovey and wants pets all the time and sometimes is a little touchy around her flanks but that's it.
    06-21-2008, 12:39 PM
Of all the horses I have owned I have owned only 2 mares (really miss those girls) and I can't say I have had to many problems as of yet. The mare I currently have (so far) doesn't even care when the boys are around. You could put a stud in front of her and she would nuzzle him once then walk away. I adore this girl.

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