I'm wondering, how do I know when my mini mare comes into heat if I don't have a gelding or a stallion around? My mini mare was bred in October and certainly looks pregnant, but my latest weefoal test says negative. I've seen no signs of her being in heat. Do I need to send her to the stallions farm, to wait and see when she comes into heat to breed her this spring?
Joyce, My mini is hard to tell heat in also. I have a studly gelding next door and my paint mare would show to him but not my mini. My mini did show to the stallion but it was very minimal. But she is also a maiden so that could be it. If you have access to a stallion I would see about teasing her. But with her body changes I am wondering if she is having a false pregnancy, maybe the vet can figure it out.... If so is there a shot for a false pregnancy ???
Joyce, alot of times its hard to tell in minis...alot of them have "silent heat" or are strictly night time breeders. If you don't have a stallion at home, you could send her to a friend who does...I have one mare who shows no heat until actually exposed to the stallion...if she's in she'll stand for him, if not, she'll whip him! LOL Many times when it's around her time to be in, I'll switch her stall and the stallions....and she'll "show" after living in his stall and smelling him.
Bonny, from what I understand, any mare can have a false pregnancy. Actually, my paint mare had one last year, and I was in a panic because before I bought her, she was pastured with her son, a colt! I was freeked!! You should have been on this board last year! LOL!!
Diane, I'm going to use a stallion, who is in the next town over from me. This breeder actually was Cookies first owner! I was just hoping to not have to drop her off there and wait and wait for her to come into heat, but it looks like thats what I'll have to do. I'm going to miss her, dang it!!!! Thanks for the info!!
My 13 yo maiden mare has never shown signs of heat. I figured that when she got to the breeder's farm with stallions present, she'd show something eventually.
Was I wrong! She never showed heat...made friends with the tease pony. Breeder gave her lutelace to bring her in...nothing. Vet told him to give it 3 more times, each dose given every other day and she should come on in....nothing. She never teased properly...or at all!!
She wound up getting u/s'd by a repro vet daily (yes, I said daily) for nearly 2 weeks until they identified a follicle and caught her ovulating....then breeder took her back to the farm and bred her (no easy feat, either, as I was told she had to be sedated, twitched, blindfolded, and one foot lifted up while wearing hobbles before she'd let the stallion near her. I was told this after the fact, I'd have had a fit if I knew it ahead of time!!!GRRRRR She'd never been real friendly to horse or human, but come on!!!)
Anyhow, after being at the breeder's for 2 1/2 months, all the drugs they tried on her to make her show heat, all those u/s's by the repro vet not the regular vet, and milage to and from the vet daily, the mare care cost was SIGNIFICANTLY MORE than the stud fee!!! She was confirmed to have a viable single pregnancy 22 days later and I went and got her that evening.
I hope for you that things go well and your mare will come on in and be bred quickly and successfully!
Wow Beth! Thats something! My Paint mare is so showy that I could tell when she was in when she had no other horse around, only a donkey 2 streets away. There is no doubt when she is in.
But my mini is a different story, and thats one of the reasons I dont know if she is bred or not. But that is an interesting thought about some minis being night time breeders... Because when we had a stud here, every morning Bonny had mud on her backside. But didnt see her breed during the day on her own....
Tell me about it!!! I hope she has a really nice one. Repro vet says she should be easier to breed next time. I hope so. She's not got the most placid personality when she's open, so if everything goes well, she will be bred back on foal heat! This will keep the peace between her and me!!!
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