Hi, I have miniature horses, and I have a mare that is about 12 years old. She has never had a problem with breeding or foaling (states the previous owner.)until this year. We bought her bred (we purchased that stallion also) She foaled 3 months early, and lost her foal, it was still born. The vet had to clean her out, and said she would be fine to breed her next heat cycle (this was Feb 4,2011.) My question is this: We put her in with tht same stallion (who we have foals proven from him currently.) I saw him breed her in early May, and early June. Since he bred her early June she has been in heat for almost 2 weeks straight. So, we put her in with the stallion,he sniffs her, and flirts, but doesn't try to breed her. So, now, I am wondering is there something wrong with my stallion or something wrong with my mare? Any help or ideas would be fine. I currently have 2 mares infoal to this same stallion, they are due in a month.
It would make me tend to think the mare may have an infection....I'd check her for discharge, and possibly have the vet check her out. I know that my mini stallion will not breed a mare who is dirty....for some reason she doesn't smell *right or ready* to him. It's most likely the mare and not the stallion. I have learned alot from my stallion...and theres usually a reason for all his weird behavior. They usually know more than we do when it comes to breeding time! LOL
thank you both! If she had an infection would she have other symptoms? She is acting normally, eating normally, everything seems to be fine. I dont notice any discharge other than the squirting she is doing. Poor thing judt looks sooo desparate in constant heat since the beginning of June trying to find or follow the stallion, peeing and squating in his face. She did get some antibiotics when the vet was out acter she lost her foal. Also, I have heard that a pregnancy test for people will often work for horses, have you any experience with that? Thanks so much for all your input!
A uterine infection will typically present no other symptoms other than pathogenic presence in the uterus. Indeed, discharge from the uterus is not normal except in severe pyometra cases.
Human pregnancy tests test for the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin. Funnily enough, horses don't secrete that, but rather secrete equine chorionic gonadotropin... go figure! No. Human tests will not work on the equine.
Have the mare checked for pregnancy by your veterinarian. If she's not pregnant, then check for uterine pathogenic presence.
There is a Wee Foal test for mares, but they have to be at least 38 days in foal. The 38 day test is not as reliable as the 120 day test, and probably best to get the vet out to know sooner than either of those!
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