Tuesday, July 15, 2008

How often does a mare go into heat?

Mares are notorious for having inconsistant heat cycles, especially young fillies and mares over the age of 15.

A mare is normally IN heat about a week and OUT of heat for about 2 weeks (14-16 days)

Typically, a mare is in heat (also called "in season") for 4 to 8 days at a time, depending on the time of year and whether or not a stallion is present. "Teasing" by a stallions' presence can bring a mare into heat within a couple of weeks.

In the late winter or early spring, a mare may be in heat the full 8 days while in mid-summer through winter only about 4 days, so how many times per year she is in heat can vary greatly.

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