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In Season – what does it mean?

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    davidbrady
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    I’ve heard this a few times lately (Peeping Fawn & Speciosa being the latest examples) and I don’t actually know what it means exactly. So who can enlighten me?

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    Small Bear
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    i’m not the expert here, but if this in refence to mares then it is likely to mean that the horse has entered the stage in the year when she is most fertile and likely to get pregnant. These months are usually between May and August and sometimes this can affect the mare. She can become ill tempered, unsettled and sore. The ovaries tend to swell and so riding can become a hassle…

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    heffo
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    Similar to a dog coming into heat, my understanding of it anyway.

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    Himself
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    The term is used exclusively to describe the period of estrous in female mammals – meaning that they are ovulating and capable of becoming pregnant for a period of time. In many mammals this cycle causes a change in the physical actions of the animal to promote reproduction and enhance the chances for survival of the species.

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    TheCheekster
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    ‘In season’ is when a mare is about ready to cover. The general ‘in season’ lasts for 3 days, of a 3 week cyle. Mares start coming into season during the warm weather, so every 3 weeks from Feb/March – Autumn.
    It affects all mares differently. Some you will hardly notice, some will squirt and squeel all over the place, some will get very uptight and tie up.
    Some mares will ‘come into season’ more easily then others, ie long lorry journey, showing them a fence the day before they run.
    Being ‘in foal’ eliminates all these factors. As does using a drug called Regumate, which is illegal in racing.

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    Drone
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    Mares start coming into season during the warm weather, so every 3 weeks from Feb/March – Autumn.

    Which leads to the old adage ‘follow a filly in the autumn’ once the oestrus cycle has finished and the fluctuating hormone levels have stabilised.

    Similar situation is the in-foal racemare.

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    Ugly Mare
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    She can become ill tempered, unsettled and sore..

    …tell me about it :roll:

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    Small Bear
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    hehe, and you don’t have to run round with a man on your back either!!

    …just be thankful it’s not something that can happen to George Washington…can you imagine what he’d be like!! :evil:

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    Adrian
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    Interesting reading Twink Allen from the Equine Fertility Unit talking about suppresssing period cycles.

    The EFU have been experimenting with estrogen being injected into the uterus in different types of oil. They found they could even stop a mare cycling just by injecting a vegetable oil.

    They also reported you could stop her cycling just by putting a small glass or plastic ball into her uterus. Apparently this is common practise in some equestrian sports and I wonder how many racehorse trainers try this with mares who become notably tricky every month.

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    robert99
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    Why can’t you just let the tyres down?

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    Zorro
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    Where ladies are concerned I think it means ‘right up for it’.

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    Venusian
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    You’re that Thommo, aren’t you?

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    Zorro
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    :cry:

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    Jim JTS
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    Where ladies are concerned I think it means ‘right up for it’.

    Not only are they "right up for it", but it can be a bit messy :wink:

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    Le Monde
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    ‘In season’ is when a mare is about ready to cover. The general ‘in season’ lasts for 3 days, of a 3 week cyle. Mares start coming into season during the warm weather, so every 3 weeks from Feb/March – Autumn.
    It affects all mares differently. Some you will hardly notice, some will squirt and squeel all over the place, some will get very uptight and tie up.
    Some mares will ‘come into season’ more easily then others, ie long lorry journey, showing them a fence the day before they run.
    Being ‘in foal’ eliminates all these factors. As does using a drug called Regumate, which is illegal in racing.

    what does Regumate do and why is it illegal? They use it in eventing

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