|Tom A ||
Posted 01-30-2003 at 03:53:49
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Do horses have a set breeding season, or do mares go into heat basically any time?
I've never seen "a season" discussed anywhere, and was curious when Bobbiejean (my mule) might go into heat...and what she'll act like if/when she does. Had her a year now and never noticed any personality changes...except she gets lovier every day!
Posted 01-30-2003 at 20:59:13
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Like others have said, it's more likely in warm weather, and usually they'll cycle about every four weeks. If you're real lucky, you'll have a molly/mare that doesn't exhibit many signs of heat (not as lucky, if someone is actually wanting to know for breeding purposes, tho), but some are real "tarts" who will squat and squirt urine in the faces of any males present, even geldings. They may squeal at other equines, and get a bit stubborn when asked to work. You may notice a little mucusy/pinkish discharge under the tail. It usually only lasts a few days.
Just FYI, sometimes just the presence of a stallion or even a new gelding will bring a mare suddenly in season. We have four mares right now, and one of them is a real pill when she's in season, but the others are barely noticeable. If your mule is older than about two years and you haven't noticed any behavioral changes, chances are she's one that doesn't show much. If she's a senior age animal, they sometimes quit cycling altogether--also they can stop cycling if they are in poor health, but will start again when they're better.
And for the person who said mares and women are the same, they might want to go read up on human physiology--the human female cycle works exactly OPPOSITE of the equine female cycle, *g*.
Hope this helps!