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Should I cover her again ?

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bonnie scott
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Username: Late4thesky

Post Number: 3
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 10:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I teases my mare for a week.
Bred her on March 4th I don't think it was succesful as she is a maiden and it was my stallions first time too.
Bred them again on March 5th.
Left her alone on the 6th.
teased again on March 7th,didn't appear to be in standing heat,tried kicking ect..
Thinking she might have taken I was going to either get an ultrasound done or wait to see if she
came back into heat next month.
I put the girls in thier stalls to tease the other mare and the first mare seems to be in raging heat still/again.
turned her butt to the stallion lifts tail,winking, let him lick her back there ect..
seeings how it is 8 days from the first cover and she still appears to ( want it ) should I cover her again or
just wait till next month. I am a new mare owner , I have always had boys.. this seems to be a long heat.
maybe 'cause there is a stallion around or because this is her first heat of the season..
any advice would be great..
Thanks
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1762
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 11:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

  1. Mares do not cease to display estrus because they have "taken";
  2. Mares are "seasonally polyestrus", which means that most will cycle regularly for a portion of the year, and then cease to cycle during the winter;
    • In between the 2 times of the year is a "transitional stage" which results in irregular, prolonged, and often anovulatory "heats" - we are in the middle of transitional phase now.
  3. Mares do not cycle "each month" - they have an approximately 21 day inter-ovulatory period;
  4. Most mares will ovulate in the last 24-48 hours of receptiveness to the stallions, so it is critical to breed them close to the end of that receptive period.
I suspect that it might be advantageous for you to get a veterinarian to evaluate your mare's ovaries with ultrasound to see if she in fact is transitional or not. If she's still transitional, then you are wasting time and energy breeding her, and in fact could cause problems as a result of the repeated "insult" to the uterus.



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