Q I have owned a New Forest mare for nearly two years, but she has
not once come to season.
She is 15
years old and I am thinking of breeding from her.Will this be possible
if she doesn't come into season, and could this explain why she's
so moody most of the time?
she has not come into season for the past 14 years there is obviously
a problem and you should ask your vet to perform a rectal examination
to determine whether there are any abnormalities. If all appears
to be normal there may be hormonal reasons for her not showing signs
may mean that she is cycling but just not displaying obvious signs.
This is known as silent heat.
You may be
interested to know that there are natural ways of improving fertility
and I routinely advise owners to try a few days of supplementation
with the plant Citrullis colcynthus or 'bitter gourd' from Africa
which helps mares come into season quickly and safely.
can be used routinely
to help with fertility and breeding management and has no side effects
You could also
try simulating an increase in the hours of daylight in a 24 hour
period by leaving the lights on in the stable at night for a few
hours. This encourages the body to produce the right hormones.
treatment for such conditions usually involves the use of the progesterone
product Regumate, which helps the correct hormones build up to start
the cyling process.
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