Re: How do you tell if a mare is in season?
Here is a useful link -
Mares differ in their cycles and how it effects them. My pony showed no signs other than being a bit flirty with her tail up and it never effected her moods or perfomance.
My TB mare I own now is a different kettle of fish. When we first got her she was very marish and her seasons were obvious from spring through to autumn. Every 2-3 weeks for 5-7 days. She was hyper coming into season and would stall (urinate cloudy thick urine) especially if near a gelding and some would set her off so she could be quite difficult in the stable fi they were in stable next door. She didnt like being touched or groomed round her tummy and would be tight in her back and refuse jumps or leap awkwardly. Then when in season she would settle and be quite affectionate but still a bit tight. Coming out of season she could be very flat as if it had exhausted her!
Now she is more settled for various reasons her seasons arent noticeable apart from the intital one in spring and if a laddish gelding or new gelding is next door. She can be grumpy still around her tummy and not as supple but nothing like at first and her seasons dont bother us at all now. I was going to try a supplement but didnt need to once she settled.
I know a few mares that have seasons all year round but dont effect the riding. I did notice when my mare was out of sorts with a lameness issue she came in and out of erractic seaons through winter so it can also indicate other issues or be triggered by other issues.
Some say seasons will settle after mares have had foals. I do believe in equine PMT lol!!