Hello all! Let me tell you my story...In July of 2004 I took my paint mare to a neighbors house and put her in the pasture with his stud horse. (Yes..I asked first!) As my mare never shows signs of being in heat I wasn't sure if she was ready or not. (It's always a guessing game with her) My neighbor assured my that the close proximity of the stallion would bring her in. The stud chased her aggressively and she kicked at him a lot but he finally caught her and covered her (though in my opinion i don't think he finished the job if you get my meaning) We left them together for three days and he removed my mare and put her in another pasture. My neighbor was letting me board her so I left her there until September, at which time the stallion tore his fence down, jumped my mare's fence, and covered her again. She was quite agreeable to it this time, no running and kicking. So I guess my question is would the stallion have covered her if she got pregnant in July? I'm anxious for the answer because I have her home now and she is pregnant. I just don't know when to start the foal watch. Is she due this month or in August? The suspense is killing me! Thanks
I have a feeling the stallion was rather intent on covering her regardless if she was in heat the first time or not( normal practise for stallion owner to pasture breed with no teasing to see if mare ios receptive????and not watch to confirm breeding?? ) ..... if stallion "bred her" 1st time .. he should have withdrawn , have been "belled out" and perhaps dripping trhe last the the ejaculate. I think if he later tore down the fence and bred her again and she was very agreeable, chances are she was covered properly then and you may have to recalculate to start at JUly ; normal pratice is from date of ovulation count 15 days ,, scan and you should see pregnant vessicle ..at 25 days confirm with heatbeat.....any ultasound after 55 days may not work as vessicle slips over the pelvic ridge and may go undetected... alittle late for that at this time... My rule of thumb... from date last bred : 11 months plus 7 days for pregancy or close to it.So calculate approximately when she was bred in JULY and start watching anyway.
Thank you so much for replying to my post. My neighbor knows very little about actually breeding horses (he was a trick rider back in the 70's) so I did most of the paying attention. The horses were already friends because my neighbor and I ride together, so she was friendly when teased, but she never shows signs of heat. (behavior wise or physically)(yes, I know, it's strange and I do know what to look for)so we just put them together and watched for about an hour while they "courted". It was a very informal process. If I calculate the July date she should have had the foal by now so I guess the question is already answered. I can feel the baby kick but so far no bagging up. Of course this mare is full of surprises....four years ago she got out of her pasture for two hours. We looked everywhere and she turned up at home on her own. 11 months later she dropped a beautiful palomino filly with no warning and no problems. Thanks again for your help!! Here's to an August 14th baby!
Some mares will let a stallion breed them if they are already bred, I had an old Appaloosa mare that I kept with my stallion for years that would let him breed her over and over again when she was obviously in foal,but in this case I would say the mare didnt get bred the first time and the stallion was just overly excited about having a mare in his paddock,the second time was the charm.
I bought a bred mare 2 months ago due in june. She has been tearing up to the fence line every time we take our stud out to breed someone else & on friday we saw her get mounted & accept my son's pony 'gelding'! We brought her in & teased with the stallion after watching her squat & pee & wink & sure enough he tried to breed her too! We palpated her and think we feel a hoof so are giving it another month before we panic.
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