• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Bred mares showing signs of heat?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Bred mares showing signs of heat?

    Disclaimer- I am not looking to replace a vet's opinion, just asking to satisify my own curiosity.

    A self care boarder has 2 broodmares due to foal the end of May. Both were confirmed in foal via ultrasound in June. Mares moved to my farm the end of June. The older mare (this would be her 7th foal) showed signs of heat in July and August, lasting 3 or 4 days, about a month apart. Owner was informed of this. Not concerned, saying it's common for a bred mare to do that. Didn't notice if she did it again. Fast forward to last week - mare doesn't look any larger AT ALL then she did when she first arrived. Also seemed to be in a full blown heat for 4 days - wouldn't leave the fence line she shares with a studdy gelding. Lots of squirting, squealing, flagging tail. Owner still not concerned about having her ultrasounded again. He's 100% sure she's pregnant.

    2nd mare is young, due with her first foal. Haven't noticed any signs of heat in her. She also is not any larger then when she first arrived. Also had laminitis over the winter. Stall bound for 3 months. Owner began questioning if she was in fact in foal. Had vet run blood work - results said NOT in foal. Owner said results can be sketchy - still believes she is in foal.

    So, just to satisify my own curiosity, (as I have next to no experience with broodmares) have any of you had any of the above situations occur and still have the mares in foal? Common behavior for them or not?
    On the 8th day God created the Quarter Horse. On the 9th day, he Painted the good ones.

  • #2
    I have a large bodied mare who just this week started to look pregnant and she's due end of may. Was also showing signs of being in heat, which is not uncommon at all but paired w/ the not showing I had vet check and she has a big healthy baby inside.

    For maiden mare it isn't unusual that she isn't showing much in the belly since her muscles are still tight and hold things together well. Honestly, if things are looking that weird and you're questioning I think it's worth a vet check. Would be a shame to wait until they're 'due' and realize they aren't in foal


    • #3
      We had an old mare who showed signs of being in season to the point we did wonder whether it was a hysterical pregnancy. She also carried almost a full year. She finally foaled a wonderful colt with no issues.

      We bought another older mare in foal & she showed some signs of heat and wasn't big, so we had a preg check (she was maybe 6 months along at the time?) she was indeed in foal & gave us a nice filly, no complications.

      So I no longer get excited when a pregnant mare shows signs of being in season, although I do have them checked out if I have any questions.
      Hidden Echo Farm, Carlisle, PA -- home of JC palomino sire Canadian Kid (1990 - 2013) & AQHA sire Lark's Favorite, son of Rugged Lark.


      • #4
        I have a mare here that I bred last year.... she came back into heat in the fall. I obviously didn't try to rebreed, just decided to wait it out and see. She hasn't come back into heat yet this year with everyone else and is getting bigger (6th foal and due end of June), so going with pregnant.
        Wonderful ponies for family or show!


        • #5
          Mine did. Freaked me out--I thought she had lost the foal. She didn't get large until the very end either.
          DIY Journey of Remodeling the Farmette: http://weownblackacre.blogspot.com/


          • #6
            This spring I decided to turn out my yearling colt with my pregnant mare. After a couple days it looked like she was coming into season. She just showed very weak signs for a day or two and that was it. I had the vet check her just in case, and she's still in foal for a July baby


            • #7
              My mare was confirmed not in foal. I thought nothing of it as she was coming into heat every month very normal for this mare come may and being on a diet and work program she was just not loosing weight and her hay belly was not looking like a belly anymore I had the vet put last may to palpate and guess what mare is in foal and due within 4-6 weeks. All summer I had no clue she was her normal self and at the 6 week mark she had a huge filly.


              • #8
                well have had mares slip pregnancies (is easy to do in the first 2 months).OTOTH have has mares in foal with fillies continue to show heat while confirmed in foal and I have one mare...not even a maiden..that is large bodied and never looks pregnant until about her 10th month along. She is the exception though. For mares due in May....I would definitely expecting them to look like they are looking like they have some sort of a belly by now. By this point a palpation check will tell if in foal...no need to ultrasound at this late date.With blood testing....hopefully the vet did the right blood test. One is accurate up to 100 days/ the other 100 days +
                Providence Farm