In springtime my mare had very obvious signs she was in season. (winking, urinating and wanting to be with the boys) I teased her using my friends gelding and she responded very well.
Now that it's summer, her past two heat cycles showed little obvious signs she's in season. No winking or urinating while being teased by my friend's gelding. Do you think she is getting tired of the "old boy" and need a different teaser? She won't do much of anything with my geldings anymore. So if she does need a replacement, I ran out of options. Bummer!
The only way I know she was in season, is the fact that I am keeping track of the days in diestrus and US.
Today, she's in her 15th day, and showing little or no obvious signs. I know she's in season because she is allowing the geldings to sniff her back end. Again, no winking or urinating, or other obvious signs.
I find it much more difficult to monitor her cycle in summer, than in spring, because of her lack of show.
I almost forgot, I have another question... does a mare's estrous cycle shorten during the summer? She used to ovulate after about 7 days (about day 20 or 21) in estrous in spring, now it's more like 4 to 5 days into estrous (day 18 or 19) Is this normal?
Has anyone else have these problems? If you have any suggestions, I'm all ears!
Breeding is not as easy as I orginally thought. My first experience was, she was bred and she was pregnant first time around. I thought this was what happens. Was I wrong! Boy, do I wish those days were back again. Gosh, this really gets expensive, not to mention the aggrevation of missing her and she ovulates.
Anyway, sorry to go on and on, I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July and please be careful and stay safe.
Thanks Jos for your imput! I appreciate you and your expert advice more than you know.
I just got back from taking her to the vet's office. I'm so glad I don't have to worry about what she is up to with the teasing thing. I will leave it up to Dr. Larry to tell me when to make the semen run.
Take care. Marilyn
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