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How to tell if a mare is in heat
Yesterday, my mare was behaving oddly, and I'm wondering if she is in heat.
To put things in context, normally she is dead quiet, easy to catch and ride and never bites, kicks, bucks, or rears. I have had her for about 2 months and I was unable to ride for 6 weeks due to a broken tailbone, and when I got back on her, after she had been on hard feed for most of that time to regain weight, the most she did was want to run - hardly surprising with that much energy after being kept in a small yard due to an injured leg.
last week, after being back out in the paddock, she was great, obedient and listening and happy to run, but also in control and willing to stop.
Yesterday, after being back on grass and out in the paddock all week, she kicked me while I was grooming her, and kept trying to do so whenever I brushed her belly, although her ears were not pinned back. She shied while tied up, snapped the twine and half-reared, but did not bolt and was easy enough to catch again after that. Then she pig-rooted while I was on her, which she has never ever done before, and gave the farrier grief when he trimmed her feet. She also keeps lifting her tail but doesn't do anything, and I have noticed some of the other horses sniffing around her rear end. There are no stallions on the property so I can't check how she behaves around them.
She is about 5 years old, and since we are in Australia, it is breeding season here. It looks to me that she is behaving the way some mares in heat do, but I have never had a mare, nor any of my friends with horses, and I'm wondering what someone with experience thinks.
She will act like this...
Do you have any geldings on the property? Often they can let you know if a mare is in heat. Is you mare winking?
Originally Posted by Circle C
Yup, sounds like she was in heat. She may also have some pain going. I have heard of mares with ovarian cysts that can have a lot of discomfort during their heats. You might want to have your vet check her to be on the safe side.
If she's not in pain, and just being silly, then you can give her different supplements to calm her during her heats. There are many out there for mares. What worked for my mare was time (she settled down some after she turned 6), and taking her off all sweet feed and corn. Something about the corn and sweets made her heats worse. I got her on a grass hay, alfalfa pellet, and plain oats diet and she improved dramatically!!!
When you do ride her while she's in heat, make her behave and work, but keep sessions short. Always end on a good note too!
"To be an equestrian in the classical sense is not just to be a rider. It is a position in life."
--Charles de Kunffy
Thanks! I suspected that might be the case,but it's nice to get another opinion.
I'm not sure if she is winking because a) I'm not often in the right place to see, and b) I see the term 'winking' all the time but never an explanation of what it actually looks like!
Where she pees will look like an eye winking at you... Trust me once you see it you will KNOW for sure exactly what we are talking about.
Originally Posted by Circle C
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