I am new to breeding horses and I bred my maiden mare on May 11 to my stallion who covered her while running about in a round pen. I had carefully teased her so that I knew when to place the two together. Once they met, the stallion just jumped on her and she did not appreciate that. She ran away and then he got her to remain still and did some more of his business. He was still doing his thing when again, she moved out from under him. This continued for some time and then the mare began to kick at him violently and it was then that we seperated them. What a disaster! Needless to say, the mare acted in heat the following day but we did not place them together. The day after that she did not show heat. She did not come into heat again until probably 40 or so days later which only lasted 2 days. Not the norm for her. She then returend to a heat like status a couple of weeks after which only lasted a day. well, now the entire month of July has passed and she missed her heat all together. Since the day she was bred however, she would walk by the stallion and pin her ears and shoot him angry glances. Now when presented to the stalliion turned gelding a month ago, she still shoots him angry glances, swishes her tail and pinds her ears for a second. When they touch noses, she squeels bloody murder! Based on all of this, does anyone think that this mare is remotely pregnant? I have NO idea! Thanks!
Well, here is the deal. I don't travel the mare much and I feel that traveling her for an hour in the trailer may stress her out enough to abort. No vet does u/sound housecalls either. What do you think based on the behavior observed?
Kourtney, I think the reason it is soo difficult to give you an opinion based on just her behaviour is that each mare is so very different, and her routine and hormones have been changed and this alone might alter her behaviour even if shes not pregnant...
My mare always had clockwork heat and the pattern was exactly the same each time until her first live cover - then she began having silent heats so it would have looked as though she could indeed have been pregnant - I knew she wasnt from u/s though. You really wont ever be able to tell at this early stage without veterinary attention, however Im not suggesting that If you are in no rush to find out you travel her if you think its a bad idea - I understand what you are saying about stress and you know your mare best on that front. Good luck - I hope you have the outcome you are looking for
Ill keep my fingers crossed for you - Keep us updated!
Thank you Kim. I tell ya, this mare also was like clockwork. Very obvious when in heat, the same time of month, and so on. This change in behavior and everyhting else is certainly not the norm. I always called my mare the big hussie for she would show to geldings and mares too. Now, she just hates the ex stallion she was bred to. Interesting. I wish I could travel her however I am not willing to induce such stress in the instance that she could in fact be pregnant.
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