My maiden mare foaled 14 days ago and has not yet shown any signs of coming into her foal heat. She has cleaned completely and is in excellent health as noted by the vet. Should I be concerned ?
Jos Posted From: 22.214.171.124
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 11:58 pm:
Concerned? Probably not. Frustrated? Probably!
The average window of ovulation post-foaling is 5-15 days, so you may have missed the foal heat, or not encountered it yet.
Alternatively the mare may be demonstrating lactational anestrus, which may mean that she is actually not cycling at all, or that she is not demonstrating estrus (heat). This happens in a significant portion of mares that have a foal at foot, and is overcome either by controlled breeding methods (intensive ultrasound or palpation and the use of AI), drug therapy (P&E is valuable if the mare is found to be cycling), or if the mare is true anestrus, waiting until you wean the foal.
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