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post #1 of 5 Old 01-11-2008, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Mare and heat cycles

I was wondering at what age will a mare go into first heat? And how often do they go into heat. This is my first mare and she is will be two may 2nd. I have no clue what to expect, And not sure what to expect from my gelding he has not been with a mare in years. Any info will be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-11-2008, 12:42 AM
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Well, I know that a filly isn't considered a mare until the age of five. At least that's what I was taught.

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-11-2008, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hi blue magic, i do think your correct on that one. So maybe I will have a long time to go before I will have to worry about it huh?
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-11-2008, 07:28 AM
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They are similar to humans in that it can vary widely. She could start at 2 or take longer, it not unheard of for them to start as yearlings. They cycle every 21-23 days during the breeding season. The only change I notice in Vida is she gets very lovey during one phase and a little preoccupied during the next. They are all different though and some can be a little witchy.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-11-2008, 08:05 AM
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I'd say they start around 2. As for filly, she may be rather jumpy those days although not all of them have mood swings. Gelding will be very interested in her - that's for sure. :) He may start jumping on her too, so you may want to separate them out while she's so young, but most geldings I've seen didn't do it. I guess it really depends when they were gelded.

Both my mares wave their tales and pee all the time when in heat.

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