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    i never know when Fiona is in heat! when i got her she never showed any signs of heat. she doesnt make a mess and she doesnt try to get to the boys. she's always the same with boys, just puts her ears back and might try to kick if they get too close and she's working. is there any way i can figure out when she's in heat? Fiona does move around the cross-ties more somedays, but it isnt a pattern, she'll just do it one day and maybe do it more days the next week and she keep changes it. is there a way i can figure it out?

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    Ultrasound her ovaries and look for mature follicles. She might have multiple follicles cause she's in "transition". She might have started early if you have any lights on inside the barn.
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    do you mean just regular lights? and what do you mean by transition. i only know about heat, i dont know much about it.

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    We have mares who come in to be bred to our studs that literally show NO HEAT signs externally. If this is the way Fiona is, about the only way to tell what's goin on reproductive wise is to have a vet palpate her and feel out the tone of her uterus to know if she's in a breeding ready state.

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    When she won't kick at the boys is a good indication of being in heat! Of course the most ideal is when they are urinating (winking). I find with my mare some of the not so obvious signs of her being in heat are:
    Impatience (especially in the cross ties)
    Irrational behaviour(when not in heat she is bomb proof, when in heat she'll spook at EVERYTHING-just exciteability basically)
    Cranky-she will try to buck when being ridden which isn't her normal behaviour
    Really all mares are different so you just have to learn to read her-keep the calander handy. Write down any change away from what you see as being "normal" for her. Most mares cycle every 15-28 days. She may not cycle regularly also, so keep that in mind. I have learned that my mare cycles every 26-28 days (you can set your watch by it!)
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    Anna- Fiona has never winked, she's always impatient in the cross-ties, always tries to kick at the boys, always spooks,(like today, she spooked at her own shadow!!!)only bucks when hasnt been ridden in several days(and its only one buck)and she's never cranky to ppl.

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    Unless you are trying to breed her, I wouldn't be totally concerned. You can try teasing her with a stallion to see if she'll stand. You could do blood tests to determine her hormone level. You could do rectal ultrasounds and look at the follicle size on her ovaries.

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