A new mare i purchased about 6 months ago has been showing weird signs to the stallion.
She is a 7 year old and had 3 foals. She has been covered about 21 days ago and seemed to stand well for cover. We tried to preg test her on 15 days after the last cover and she almost killed my property manager and the vet, so we cannot get her preg tested. I started teasing her on Day 16 and she has been very agressive towards the stallion, however, when she has been agressive she has been kicking out and urine has been flying out of her behind as she is making a quick dash from the fence and kicking out like a maniac. I thought maybe she was scared since the vet incident so decided to twitch her to see if she would settle and show to the stallion, she still would not show to the stallion, however, she stood with her behind to him and let him sniff her. I turned her around with the twitch so he could sniff and touch her face and she went balistic again and tried to bite and kick him.
To me she definately does not seem in season, however, the urine freeing flowing from her swinging backside makes me wonder if she is? However, I would think after 21 days since last cover she would definately be at a standing heat stage?
What are your thoughts on this, I really need this mare in foal as she is a beautiful mare but the fact we cannot get her scanned is a real problem trying to detect whether she is in foal.
Also, at what stage of the pregnancy do you think a bloodtest will show up a pregnancy, I have heard it is not correct until after 40 days? Is this correct?
Hi Melody, I also do not think she is in season by your description. I have seen many mares behave this way that were 30 days pregnant and up to 340 days, young and old. I do not know the reason behind it but fear and anger both seem to be triggers. As for the bloodtest I am afraid I do not know but I am sure someone can help you out Hopefully she is preggers!
After speaking to the vet again he has given me three potential scenarios.
1. She is in foal. 2. She is suffering from some type of Cancerous cysts. 3. She is frightened and acting submissive but not in foal.
I don't know much about cysts but I would have thought that if she had cysts she would have acted like this on all 2 heats she has been covered?
Horses, gosh they are hard to work out!
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