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  • Mares - how do you know if they are in season?

    Ana is my first mare, so I'm trying to figure out what behavioral signs to look for to determine if she's in season.

    She's generally calm and well behaved. Yesterday when I tried to groom her tail, she became agitated and spread her legs a little. When I rode her she wasn't her usual happy self. So I took her for a trail ride around the property to chear her up and several geldings went nuts over her. She was also very interested in them (kept trying to turn her head to look at them).

    Is her behavior a good indicator that she's in season?

    She won't every pee when I ride her; she always pees when I return her to the pasture. I guess it's not ladylike to pee in public.

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    If you don't know when your mare is in heat, trying to figure it out and make a big deal of it will simply be creating a problem for yourself.

    I'd say accept that it was an off day for your mare, figure out how to handle her on those days, and don't worry about if she was in heat or not. Barring discomfort due to cycles (which I'm dealing with with my mare) or breeding - it really simply shouldn't matter day-to-day.
    Originally posted by Silverbridge
    If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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      Originally posted by netg View Post
      If you don't know when your mare is in heat, trying to figure it out and make a big deal of it will simply be creating a problem for yourself.

      I'd say accept that it was an off day for your mare, figure out how to handle her on those days, and don't worry about if she was in heat or not. Barring discomfort due to cycles (which I'm dealing with with my mare) or breeding - it really simply shouldn't matter day-to-day.
      I'm just trying to learn more about being a mare owner. So you don't keep a calendar for your mares? I'm not trying to treat her any different; I still made her work and groomed her tail despite protest.

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        Originally posted by Scandias View Post
        I'm just trying to learn more about being a mare owner. So you don't keep a calendar for your mares? I'm not trying to treat her any different; I still made her work and groomed her tail despite protest.
        Mine squat and pee and *wink* (not with their eyes) when they are in heat. The retired broodmare has decided she wants my other mare to be her 'baby daddy' and is her new BFF, we will see if she feels the same when she isn't in heat. My gelding is oblivious to the whole thing.

        I do not keep a calendar. I do not let it affect what I want to do with them. The only thing I change is being more careful when I'm on the ground with them. None of my horses would kick me on purpose but I wouldn't put it past them to do it while they are in heat and mistake me for another horse (while I'm doing something in the pasture with the herd).

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        • #5
          Yeap. She is in heat.

          You should see the confounded looks on my poor geldings, when they were put into the same pasture as the mares. Poor things didn't understand why the girls were sticking their butts to their noses, and winked....

          You might want to be a bit gentle on her flank areas when grooming. She might be sore. Also, I was told some mares don't take heavy legs well, especially when in heat.

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          • #6
            Probably in heat. At least my filly makes it a no-guessing-needed affair in her heats... all winking peeing and letting every horse sniff her butt. :/

            When she's not in heat she pins her ears at the same horses!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Scandias View Post
              I'm just trying to learn more about being a mare owner. So you don't keep a calendar for your mares? I'm not trying to treat her any different; I still made her work and groomed her tail despite protest.
              Only because we're giving her treatment for her discomfort.


              I have not kept a calendar for the other 4 mares we've had, and don't know anyone who does if not breeding or treating for "girl problems." They're not always regular and reading body language about problems is the way to go anyway. My rescue mare has discomfort for a few hours every few months (so not every cycle) and my vet has said it's not worth any other kind of side effects to try to treat it, but I read her body language and stay out of her stall because she kicks out backwards when uncomfortable. If I were competing her I would keep track to know if she may be in a kicking mood, but she would probably be on some sort of treatment as well, even as infrequent as her problems with heat cycles are.
              Originally posted by Silverbridge
              If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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              • #8
                Some mares make it obvious. Some, you will have no idea.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ponysize View Post
                  Some mares make it obvious. Some, you will have no idea.
                  Pretty much. My mare is basically silent; she might get a bit more cranky with people, and slightly more talkative with other horses, but the only way to know for sure if she's in heat is to take her on a trailer ride with a studdy gelding. I don't track her cycles because she's not a breeding mare and I really don't want to know.

                  Just spent a weekend at a breeding farm where several mares were coming into heat. They all would lift their tails just slightly, but for a couple of them it was so slight that it was hard to notice. The one who seemed the least reactive didn't do anything but lift her tail slightly until she was teased; *then* she squatted and peed and winked. The farm does live cover and she definitely accepted the stallion!
                  You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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                  • #10
                    Some mares will squat and pee in the presence of geldings. There are times when I have to be very very very very careful when turning my mares out....they have been known to spin and spit urine at the same time....in any kind of wind...well..my face has gotten in the way
                    I love my mares!

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                    • #11
                      When I got my first mare--I had the same question. People had told me all kinds of awful stories of how she might behave when in heat. At one point (in June) I took her to an event for the weekend. She was awesome and did well in her dressage and jumping. When I unloaded her at our barn, I let her out in the pasture. She proceeded to run over to the fenceline where the geldings were--and squat, pee, squat, push her butt into them. Soooo---she was in heat all weekend (at the show) and I had no clue! She is very flirty and interested in the boys when in heat--but she is completely normal to handle and ride.

                      Of course--now I have another mare. She is younger and I have not seen her be flirty or very interested in geldings when in heat. However, she does get much more irritated by my leg (when riding) on her when she is in heat. She can get back sore too. So, 2 mares . . . 2 different behaviors in heat.

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                      • #12
                        I have two mares and really don't pay that much attention to the whole "heat thing". My older mare was on Regumate when she was younger because it was the trainer's preference. When I started doing my own thing, I took her off the Regumate and put her on Moody Mare herbal supplement. On the rare occasion I can tell when she is in heat, but being on the Moody Mare herbs really keeps her even keel all the time. She seemed to be more spooky at times which I attributed to being in season. With the herbs no problem. My new mare apparently is in season this week which I discovered when I walked her in the barn and one of the geldings stuck his head out of his stall. She squated and peed all over the barn aisle. I rode her and she was no different than she usually is.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by slp2 View Post
                          When I got my first mare--I had the same question. People had told me all kinds of awful stories of how she might behave when in heat. At one point (in June) I took her to an event for the weekend. She was awesome and did well in her dressage and jumping. When I unloaded her at our barn, I let her out in the pasture. She proceeded to run over to the fenceline where the geldings were--and squat, pee, squat, push her butt into them. Soooo---she was in heat all weekend (at the show) and I had no clue! She is very flirty and interested in the boys when in heat--but she is completely normal to handle and ride.

                          Of course--now I have another mare. She is younger and I have not seen her be flirty or very interested in geldings when in heat. However, she does get much more irritated by my leg (when riding) on her when she is in heat. She can get back sore too. So, 2 mares . . . 2 different behaviors in heat.
                          The point I was trying to make (but did so poorly) is that looking and trying to discern when a mare is in heat to possibly handle her differently at that time tends to create more problems than it solves for the typical horse. Most mares may have more tightness in their backs during their cycle, but other symptoms are ones which can be trained out. For the mares where there is discomfort, you want to do what you can to help, but they make it clear there's a problem. If the mare isn't making it clear, you can be better off in ignorance, as tightness in the back can happen any time of the month if they have had a challenging workout or played too hard, so it's something we as their riders should try to learn to listen for any time. I have seen many more incidents where I rider knows the mare was squirting in the pasture and turns it into an excuse to allow bad behavior or not even try, and teaches the horse to misbehave while in heat.
                          Originally posted by Silverbridge
                          If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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                          • #14
                            the geldings will tell you! and she will too; she will also

                            Even though they can't do anything, they find the geldings far more interesting than usual; and vice -versa ; they can be especially upset by any horses behind them; will be especially "touchy/ sensitive when their flanks are being groomed" also especially resentful of our legs, being used they are more easily distracted; especially by other horses
                            breeder of Mercury!

                            remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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                            • #15
                              Mine gets ADD, throws herself into the fence at the gelding next to her, and is generally sweet as pie. When she is out, she is back to her old snarky self....I do keep a calendar because I am hoping to breed her in the next couple months.

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                              • #16
                                I keep track of my girls' heats. One is very obvious, the other not so much.
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                                • #17
                                  One of my mares is a complete raging slut in the pasture when she's in heat, but the second you put her halter on, she's all business. The only difference under saddle is that she'll call to her friends once or twice at the beginning of a ride. The other is somewhat more subtle in the pasture, though she still lifts her tail a lot, and winks and pees here and there, and is a little more flaky and distracted when working, but nothing awful.

                                  The only time I ever kept track of cycles at all was when I was breeding my older mare.
                                  "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
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