Mares in Heat

It’s no secret that I’m not fond of mares.  Give me a nice, calm gelding (like Kobi) any day of the year!  Geldings tend to be calmer and much more predictable than those nutty mares.

I received an e-mail this morning from The Horse with an interesting article:  Mares and Hormones by Jeffrey Cook, DVM.  I’m always trying to figure out some sort of pattern with Sugar.  Why does she sometimes let me touch her ears and other times throw her head as if she’s going to die?  Why does she sometimes love to eat (put whatever here) and then  is afraid of it?  But mostly, why does she ALWAYS seem to be in heat?

The article by Dr. Cook told me some interesting ‘mare’ facts that I didn’t know most important is that a mare should normally be OUT of heat only 14-15 days in a 28 day cycle (I thought they were out for 28 days before starting their next cycle) due to also going through diestrus.

Poor Sugar, poor Kobi (who Sugar really thinks is a stallion and stalks him every day during her heat)…we’ll get this whole mare thing figured out one day!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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