Last year I bred a mare 5 times to a stallion with no success. This mare has a perfect breeding, foaling history...has always taken on the first cover. Turns out the stallion has 30% semen...not good. Anyways, each time the stallion owner bred her they gave her a shot to encourage her to ovulate. When we finally threw in the towel last summer, her cycles were totally out of wack. And she seemed crampy all the time. I had her checked by my vet and she had a retained cl? Not sure what that means...but I decided to let the mare recover over the winter and now want to breed her again. Well she had one cycle so far this year, and it lasted two days. Could these shots have messed her up for life? Where should I go from here? Would regumate help to get her back into a normal cycle? Also I am in the NW and don't plan to breed her until April or May.
Anonymous Posted From: 184.108.40.206
Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 11:04 am:
I wouldn't worry too much yet, this is still transitional time. My mare (I'm in the Northeast) hasn't even cycled yet! 2 years ago when she went for breeding, she cycled in the beginning of March, and then never came back in, so they gave her a shot of prostaglandin in mid April to induce heat, and we bred on that one, conceived and had a lovely foal. When was her first cycle? I would give her 4-5 weeks after that, then call in the vet for assessment...
Sandy Posted From: 220.127.116.11
Posted on Monday, March 29, 2004 - 09:51 pm:
Is it normal for mares during this transitional time to stay in standing heat for 10 days? My mare has been in heavy heat for 10 straight days and is being covered every other day. I'm beginning to think that this must mean that she is not ovulating. So, what will make her go out of heat? Another one of my mares was also in heat for 10 days, but she was not bred this cycle. So, what I'm wondering is, that if this is a transition heat, are the chances of settling lower? I've never tried breeding this early in the season before. I usually wait until May. This mare is one who is usually covered maybe 3 times throughout her cycle, and she settles every time. But I've never tried breeding her this early before. And I don't think I've seen her stay in heat this long before either. I guess I'm wondering if I'm wasting my time on breeding her on this cycle.
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