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KTloveshorses

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How do you tell if a mare is in season?

Hi

we have just bought our 1st mare and we wanted to know how you tell if a mare is in  season

she is only 5 but does age matter or will she go in season at any time?

if you could let me know it would be muchly aprechiated

thank you

Katie x

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msg_minx

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msg_minx says:

Re: How do you tell if a mare is in season?

Here is a useful link -

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/horsecare/1370/57207.html

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!!

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: How do you tell if a mare is in season?

msg_minx said:

Here is a useful link -

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/horsecare/1370/57207.html

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!!


Thanks for information as have taken on my first mare an rescue ex-racehorse Chesnut Mare 17.2h aged 20 who was very underweight I am told she has had a few foals as she also had been a brood mare, she has come into season as now coming into condition. For 21 years I had a lovely old Cob sadly missed even if he was bolshie at times sadly died aged 30 this year.
 

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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oldmare

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oldmare says:

Re: How do you tell if a mare is in season?

my mare has moods and I know when she is in season as she stands by the fencing next to the where the geldings are teasing and squirting them.  sometimes she'll be very loving and another time very stand offish.  she certainly has pmt, equine or otherwise.  

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xbabyprincessx

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Re: How do you tell if a mare is in season?

Can i just ask, do horses have periods..? ive never noticed or thought about it before But ive known some geldings to wee blood(well it was red) and the owner said he was fine but I thought he was gonna die any second

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