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Hornone or scent changes prior to foaling?

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Kris Moos
Breeding Stock
Username: Kris

Post Number: 162
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 08:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Heres a new questions guys!!! Do the mares go through a major scent change due to hormones of something before foaling?
This week all my horses (one gelding, one yearling filly, one 8 yr old barrin broodmare, and one 11 year old never been bred mare) Are absolutely fascinated with my mare that is due end of march...what is that about? They will stand and sniff her head to toe, but mostly her hind end and belly. I smell nothing different about her, but they must!
They will actually stop what they are doing and walk out of their way and go sniff her, she doenst really mind it which is wierd, she normally doesnt like anyone sniffing her, especially under her tail, but she is allowing it. The gelding and the barrin mare are the worst ones.
ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS OR THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS??
 

Deena
Breeding Stock
Username: Morganslil1

Post Number: 241
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 08:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

yeah kris theres a change although I wont go into detail does your pregnant mare smell different to you?
 

Amanda
Neonate
Username: Dakota87

Post Number: 6
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 03:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My girl is due soon and the rest just stand at her stall wall and stare and her, she doesn't let them sniff her but they are all facinated with her. Especially the other pregnant mare that has had a baby before, she actually won't even leave the stall to go and eat (the barn is just used as a run in accept for the birthing stalls) but I do know that the mare is going through some hormone changes!!!! She started acting like a stud one day and then the next she was trying to drink from an 8 month old filly! But when my sister got pregnant her dog wouldn't even look and her and her cat hated her so maybe there is a certain scent that they let off once they are pregnant. Animals tend to pick up on weird things lol.
 

Kris Moos
Breeding Stock
Username: Kris

Post Number: 164
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 06:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Deena- no she doesnt to me, I tried to notoce without actually sticking my nose under her tail...nothing no smell, just a dirty hairy horse smell...(gotta love winter)
 

Deena
Breeding Stock
Username: Morganslil1

Post Number: 242
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 10:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mares take on an odd smell not long before the have there babys I wouldnt have noticed it if my vet hadnt mentioned it an old timer told him about it. its not just there backsides either Its all over.I guess its kinda like the nail test I would tell ya more but people would think Ive lost it esp Jos
 

Kris Moos
Breeding Stock
Username: Kris

Post Number: 167
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 10:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

maybe cause they sweat more...maybe thats why they pick up a different smell? i notice tsaharah is clammy feeling sometimes(warmer days when the sun is bright)...hmmm could be.... or just hormones...il have to "sniff" her everyday...yah im crazy too, Im always up for crazy ideas! new thoughts and old wives tails...jos we ARE probably crazy...why else would we put ourselves through this year after year???!!!?!?!?!?
 

Lisa Weir
Breeding Stock
Username: Pals_pal

Post Number: 144
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 09:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh great! Now I'm going to go round sniffing all the mares, too! The boss will think I've lost the plot entirely.

And is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that grey horses smell different from other horses? Why is this?
 

Gynna Meiller
Breeding Stock
Username: Jw_kings_excalibur

Post Number: 106
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 07:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I will have to say that I beleive they do. My stallion is let out every few days in a larger turnout that I run the mares in. Usualy he just runs around playing and eating all the yummy grass. The last time I let him out though..he would just walk around smelling and curling his upper lip..since my one open mare is NOT in heat..I thought..hm..I wonder if Kona is going threw hormone changes?. I can smell a difference though...
 

Kim Winter
Breeding Stock
Username: Clafairy

Post Number: 146
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 08:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh no, Like you Lisa - I cant say Id noticed anything, but now Im gonna have to smell just to see if I can spot it arent I... At least theres noone around at my place to question my sanity, only the horse that Im sniffing!



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