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post #11 of 18 Old 12-11-2014, 01:19 PM
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Mares come into season every 21 days but not year round. they are seasonally polyestrus which means they length of day impacts their coming into season. Typically they exhibit uneven heats in early spring (March in the Northern Hemisphere 43 degrees Lat) and then uneven heats again early fall with no heats at all in the darkest days.

This is why Thoroughbred breeders put their mares under lights.. to bring them into season so they can be bred in February or March and foal in January due to the Jan 1 generalized birthdate for the breed.

Yes. You can ride most mares when they are in season. Mares can be difficult if in season but most are not.

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There's no more excuse for a mare to be difficult in season than there is for a gelding to be difficult. It's all about training. My mare's don't even think of being silly when they're in season, when I want to go ride, we go ride.

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Mares come into season every 21 days but not year round. they are seasonally polyestrus which means they length of day impacts their coming into season. Typically they exhibit uneven heats in early spring (March in the Northern Hemisphere 43 degrees Lat) and then uneven heats again early fall with no heats at all in the darkest days.

This is why Thoroughbred breeders put their mares under lights.. to bring them into season so they can be bred in February or March and foal in January due to the Jan 1 generalized birthdate for the breed.

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There's no more excuse for a mare to be difficult in season than there is for a gelding to be difficult. It's all about training. My mare's don't even think of being silly when they're in season, when I want to go ride, we go ride.
I completely agree. There is absolutely NO good reason to allow a mare to be p1$$y when in season.

Yes. You can ride most mares when they are in season. Mares can be difficult if in season but most are not.
ALL my mares (24 of them) came in year round without lights. I often bred in late Jan-early Feb for those early foals. The 2 I have left STILL come in heat year round. True, not as strongly as in the spring, but it's there. Never say never.
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Mares don't stop cycling it's often not noticeable in winter but it's happening. Usually the March cycle is very strong as are April, May and taping a bit in June. Nature designed this so the foals were old enough and robust enough to endure the flies and other biting insects.



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I've not found any mare I've ever had to be more difficult to ride when in season (currently have 5 of the little treasures) but they can be incredibly flirtatious in the field with other horses - including other mares - and that can result in some kicking and squealing sessions
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I've not found any mare I've ever had to be more difficult to ride when in season (currently have 5 of the little treasures) but they can be incredibly flirtatious in the field with other horses - including other mares - and that can result in some kicking and squealing sessions
That's totally true. And there's nothing like trying to learn "Horsey Negotiations Tactics 101" with a very opinionated mare!
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Most mares ovulate every 18 to 12 days, they usually do not cycle in cold months. Ovulation has a lot to do with the length of the day. If we are going to breed a race mare. We will put her under lights about two months prior to when we want to breed her. Mares will sometimes have false heats in the spring. The old boys don't like riding mares because some of them are ****y, squeeley squirty, when they are in a standing heat.
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I have two mares. They both only cycle in the summer. One mare you cannot tell ever that she's in heat. She doesn't change her mood or her activity level. The other is a pain the butt. She's spooky, she's rude, she's antsy, and she loves getting all the other horses stirred up. Not that it means anything probably, but the calm one has never had a foal, the freaky one has had two.

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