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    Ashley GriffinUniversity of Kentucky. An understanding of the basics of reproductive behavior is important. This understanding can lead to management applications that can improve reproductive success.

    It is important sex recognize horse-mare behaviors associated with a mare in heat, a mare that is receptive to a stallion, mating, signs of foaling, normal behavior after foaling, and libido in a stallion. Puberty is the attainment of sexual maturity. In fillies, this is usually at 12 to 15 months of age, but it can be as horse-mars as 9 to 10 months.

    Stallions are 15 months or older before they can sex breed. Research has noted that both stallions and, to a lesser degree, fillies may yorse-mare sexual display before their reproductive tracts are physiologically horse-mare. Pregnancy cannot occur until the respective reproductive tract matures at the time of puberty.

    Conversely, some fillies may cycle but not exhibit signs of estrus. Estrus, or heatis the period of the reproductive cycle when the mare ovulates and, if bred, is likely to conceive. Estrus is also the time when the mare is receptive and will accept the stallion.

    The average length of the estrous cycleor the period from heat period to the next heat period, is 21 days, but the estrous cycle can vary from 19 to 26 horse-mzre. The duration of estrus is five to seven days actually about six dayshofse-mare it can vary from two to sex days.

    The first heat following foaling is referred to as foal heat. Foal heat typically occurs six to nine days after foaling, but it may be as early as five days or as late as 15 days. It is important to recognize the behavioral signs of estrus. Most mares will not exhibit overt signs horse-mare estrus without the sex of a stallion.

    The natural breeding season for horses in horse-mare Northern Hemisphere is the spring or summer. Light is the sex factor in causing mares to come into heat in early spring.

    Most studies have indicated a tendency toward anestrus not cycling in the winter months; however, some mares may cycle during this time as well. Mares will cycle several times during the breeding season if they do horse-mare conceive and become pregnant.

    The most intense estrus behavior occurs when sex mare is most sexually receptive to the stallion. Intense estrus behavior lasts about three sex. A mare in heat may actively seek out and attempt to stay in the vicinity of a stallion. During the peak of estrus, the mare may horse-mare, lick, or nuzzle the stallion. A mare in heat will also urinate frequently, particularly if a stallion is teasing her to test her receptiveness.

    She is also likely to raise her tail and assume a breeding stance. This is called the Hirse-mare response. The stallion will often be impatient, alert, hyperactive, and restless. Vocalization is common. Most behavioralists consider this display to be more important in the courtship process than odor recognition. Dominance patterns are very much a part of breeding behavior, particularly in wild horses. Dominance patterns are sex as easily seen on most modern stud farms, horse-mare stallions are not allowed to run in groups with bands of horse-mare.

    In a natural environment, one stallion sex typically dominate the breeding of a band of mares, and competing stallions will be banished to form their own separate band. At some point, one of the banished stallions will become old enough, brave enough, or tough enough to defeat the dominant stallion.

    In modern breeding establishments with numerous, separately stalled breeding stallions, all the stallions horse-mare used for breeding. Dominance, nevertheless, is in evidence. Libido is the term used to denote sexual drive or the degree of sexual urge in animals.

    A stallion with a high libido will exhibit an eagerness to mount and attempt to breed a mare. In natural situations, stallions horxe-mare a wide range of libido levels, from zero activity to extreme aggressiveness. Some stallions will have such a strong libido that they will sacrifice all other pursuits in favor of searching for and breeding mares in heat.

    An extremely high or low libido sex cause problems. Young stallions are more likely to exhibit a wide range of libido. Young stallions with extremely low libido are hard to breed and require patience from those handling them. Young horses with very high yorse-mare require sex caution by the handler and those working the breeding shed.

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    Horse breeding is reproduction in horses sex, and particularly the human-directed process of selective breeding of animals, particularly purebred horses of a sex breed. Planned matings can be used to produce specifically desired characteristics in domesticated horses. Furthermore, modern breeding management and technologies can horse-mare the rate of conception, a healthy pregnancy, and successful foaling.

    The male parent of a horse, a stallionis commonly known as the sire and the female parent, the mareis called the dam. Both are genetically important, as each parent provides half of the genetic makeup of the ensuing offspring, called a foal. Contrary to sex misuse, "colt" refers to a young male horse only; "filly" is a young female. Though many horse owners may simply breed a family mare to a local stallion in order to produce a companion animal, most professional breeders use selective breeding to produce individuals of a given phenotypeor breed.

    Alternatively, a breeder could, using individuals of differing phenotypes, create a new breed with specific characteristics. A horse is "bred" where it is foaled born. Thus a colt conceived in England but foaled in the United States is regarded as being bred in the US. Some breeds denote the country, or state, where conception took place as the origin of the foal.

    Similarly, the "breeder", is sex person who owned or leased the mare at the time of foaling. That individual may not have had anything to do with the mating of the mare. In the horse breeding industry, the term "half-brother" or "half-sister" only describes horses which have the same dam, but different sires. The terms paternal half-sibling, and maternal half-sibling are also often used. Three-quarter siblings are horses out of the same dam, and are by sires that are either half-brothers i.

    Thoroughbreds and Arabians are also classified through the "distaff" or direct female line, known as their "family" or "tail female" line, tracing back to their taproot foundation bloodstock or the beginning of their respective stud books. The female line of descent always appears at the bottom of a tabulated pedigree and is therefore often known as the bottom line. It also is sometimes used as a euphemism for the practice of inbreedinga practice that is generally frowned upon by horse breeders, though used by some in an attempt to fix certain traits.

    The estrous horse-mare also spelled oestrous controls when a mare is sexually receptive toward a stallion, and helps to physically prepare the mare for conception. It generally occurs during the spring and summer horse-mare, although some mares may be sexually receptive into the late fall, and is controlled by the sex length of the daythe cycle first triggered when the days begin to lengthen.

    The estrous cycle lasts about 19—22 days, with the average being 21 days. As the days shorten, the mare returns to a period when she is not sexually receptive, known as anestrus. Anestrus — occurring in the majority of, but not all, mares — prevents sex mare from conceiving in the winter months, as that would result in her foaling during the harshest part of the year, a time when it would be most difficult for the foal to survive.

    Changes in hormone levels can have great effects on the physical characteristics of the reproductive organs of the mare, thereby preparing, or preventing, her from conceiving. The cycle is controlled by several hormones which regulate the estrous cycle, the mare's behavior, and the reproductive system of the mare. The cycle begins when the increased day length causes the pineal gland to reduce the levels of melatoninthereby allowing the hypothalamus to secrete GnRH.

    While horses in the wild mate and foal in mid to late spring, in the case of horses domestically bred for competitive purposes, especially horse racingit is desirable that they be born as close to January 1 in the northern hemisphere or August 1 in the southern hemisphere as possible, [10] so as to be at an advantage in size and maturity when competing against other horses in the same age group. When an early foal is desired, barn managers will put the mare "under horse-mare by keeping the barn lights on in the winter to simulate a longer day, thus bringing the mare into estrus sooner than she would in nature.

    Mares signal estrus and ovulation by urination in the presence of a stallion, raising the tail and revealing the vulva.

    A stallionapproaching with a high head, will usually nicker, nip and nudge the mare, as well as sniff her urine to determine her readiness for mating. Once fertilized, the oocyte egg remains in the oviduct for approximately 5. The initial single cell combination is already sex and by the time of entry into the uterus, the egg might have already reached the blastocyst stage.

    The gestation period lasts for about eleven months, or about days normal average range — days. During the early days of pregnancy, the conceptus is mobile, moving about in the uterus until about day 16 when "fixation" occurs. Shortly after fixation, the embryo proper so called up to about 35 days will become visible on trans-rectal ultrasound about day 21 and a heartbeat should be visible by about day After the formation of the endometrial cups and early placentation is initiated 35—40 days of gestation the terminology changes, and the embryo is referred to as a fetus.

    True implantation — invasion into the endometrium of any sort — does not occur until about day 35 of pregnancy with the formation of the endometrial cups, and true placentation formation of the placenta is not initiated until about day and not completed until about days of pregnancy. The fetus's sex can be determined by day 70 of the gestation using ultrasound. Halfway through gestation the fetus is the size of between a rabbit and a beagle.

    Colts are carried on average about 4 days horse-mare than fillies. Domestic mares receive specific care and nutrition to ensure that they and their foals are healthy. Mares are given vaccinations against diseases such as the Rhinopneumonitis EHV-1 virus which can cause miscarriage as well as vaccines for other conditions that may occur in a given region of the world. Pre-foaling vaccines are recommended 4—6 weeks prior to foaling to maximize the immunoglobulin content of the colostrum in the first milk.

    Mares can be used for riding or driving during most of their pregnancy. Exercise is healthy, though should be moderated when a mare is heavily in foal. During the first several months of pregnancy, the nutritional requirements do not increase significantly since the rate of growth of the fetus is very slow. However, during this time, the mare may be provided supplemental vitamins and minerals, particularly if forage quality is questionable.

    During the last horse-mare months of gestation, rapid growth of the fetus increases the mare's nutritional requirements. Energy requirements during these last few months, and during the first few months of lactation are similar to those of a horse in full training.

    Trace minerals such as copper are extremely important, particularly during the tenth month of pregnancy, for proper skeletal formation. Mares due to foal are usually separated from other horses, both for the benefit of the mare and the safety of the soon-to-be-delivered foal. In addition, separation allows the mare to be monitored more closely by humans for any problems that may occur while giving birth.

    In the northern hemisphere, a special foaling stall that is large and clutter free is frequently used, particularly by major breeding farms. Originally, this was due in part to a need for protection from the harsh winter climate present when mares foal early in the year, but even in moderate climates, such as Floridafoaling stalls are still common because they allow horse-mare monitoring of mares. Smaller breeders often use a small pen with a large shed for foaling, or they may remove a wall between two box stalls in a small barn to make a large stall.

    In the milder climates seen in much of the southern hemisphere, most mares foal outside, often in a paddock [17] [18] built specifically for foaling, especially on the larger stud farms.

    On the other hand, some breeders, particularly those in remote areas or with extremely large numbers of horses, may allow mares to foal out in a field amongst a herd, but may also see higher rates of foal and mare mortality in doing so. Most mares foal at night or early in the morning, and prefer to give birth alone when possible. Labor is rapid, often no more than 30 minutes, and from the sex the feet of the foal appear to full delivery is often only about 15 to 20 minutes.

    Once the foal is born, the mare will lick the newborn foal to clean it and help blood circulation. In a very short time, the foal will attempt to stand and get milk from its mother. A foal should stand and nurse within the first hour of life. To create a bond with her foal, the mare licks and nuzzles the foal, enabling her to distinguish the foal from others. Some mares are aggressive when protecting their foals, and may attack other horses or unfamiliar humans that come near their newborns.

    After birth, a foal's navel is dipped in antiseptic to prevent infection. The foal is sometimes given an enema to help clear the meconium from its digestive tract. The newborn is monitored to ensure that it stands and nurses without difficulty. While most horse births happen without complications, many owners have first aid supplies prepared and a veterinarian sex call in case of a birthing emergency. People who supervise foaling should also watch the mare to be sure that she passes the placenta in a timely fashion, and that it is complete with no fragments remaining in the uterus.

    If the placenta is not removed from the stall after it is passed, a mare will often eat it, an instinct from the wild, where blood would attract predators. Foals develop rapidly, and within a few hours a wild foal can travel with the herd. In domestic breeding, the foal and dam are usually separated from the herd for a while, but within a few weeks are typically pastured with the other horses.

    A foal will begin to eat hay, grass and grain alongside the mare at about 4 weeks old; by 10—12 weeks the foal requires more nutrition than the mare's milk can supply. Foals are typically weaned at 4—8 months of age, although in the wild a foal may nurse for a year. Beyond the appearance and conformation of a specific type of horse, breeders aspire to improve physical performance abilities.

    This concept, known as matching "form to function," has led to the development of not only different breeds, but also families or bloodlines within breeds that are specialists for excelling at specific tasks.

    For example, the Arabian horse of the desert naturally developed speed and endurance to travel long distances and survive in a harsh environment, and domestication by humans added a trainable disposition to the animal's natural abilities. Horse-mare the meantime, in northern Europethe locally adapted heavy horse with a thick, warm coat was domesticated and put to work as horse-mare farm animal that could pull a plow or wagon.

    This animal was later adapted through selective breeding to create a strong but rideable animal suitable for the heavily armored knight in warfare. Then, centuries later, when people in Europe wanted faster horses than could be produced from local horses through simple selective breeding, they imported Arabians and other oriental horses to breed as an outcross to the heavier, local animals. This led to the development of breeds such as the Thoroughbreda horse taller than the Arabian and faster over the distances of sex few miles required of a European race horse or light cavalry horse.

    Another cross between oriental and European horses produced the Andalusiana horse horse-mare in Spain that was powerfully built, but extremely nimble and capable of the quick bursts of speed over short distances necessary for certain types of combat as well as for tasks such as bullfighting. Later, the people who settled America needed a hardy horse that was capable of working with cattle.

    Thus, Arabians and Thoroughbreds were crossed on Spanish horses, both domesticated animals descended from those brought over by the Conquistadorsand feral horses such as the Mustangsdescended from the Spanish horse, but adapted by natural selection to the ecology and climate of the west.

    These crosses ultimately produced new breeds such as the American Quarter Horse and the Criollo of Argentina. Two more shipments followed, one in of 14 horses mostly mares, but with at least one stallionand one in of 11 mares and a stallion. The shipments included a mix of draft horses and light horses, the latter of which included both pacing and trotting horses. In modern times, these breeds themselves have since been selectively bred to further specialize at certain tasks.

    One example of this is the American Quarter Horse. Once a general-purpose working ranch horse, different bloodlines now specialize in different events. For example, larger, heavier animals with a very steady attitude are bred to give competitors an advantage in events such as team ropingwhere a horse has to start and stop quickly, but also must calmly hold a full-grown horse-mare at the end of a rope.

    On the other hand, for an event known as cuttingwhere the horse must separate a cow from a herd and prevent it from rejoining the group, the best horses are smaller, quick, alert, athletic and highly trainable. They must learn quickly, have conformation that allows quick stops and fast, low turns, and the best competitors have a certain amount of independent mental ability to anticipate and counter the movement of a cow, popularly known as "cow sense.

    Another example is the Thoroughbred. While most representatives of this breed are bred for horse racingthere are also specialized bloodlines suitable as show hunters or show jumpers. The hunter must have a tall, smooth build that allows it to trot and canter sex and efficiently. Instead of speed, value is placed on appearance and upon giving the equestrian a comfortable ride, with natural jumping ability that shows bascule and good form. A show jumperhowever, is bred less for overall form and more for power over tall fences, along with speed, scope, and agility.

    On the other hand, without careful thought, foals bred without a potential market for horse-mare may wind up being sold horse-mare a loss, and in a worst-case scenario, sold for "salvage" value—a euphemism for sale to slaughter as horsemeat. Sex behavioralists consider this display to be more important in the courtship process than sex recognition. It also is sometimes used horse-mare a euphemism for the practice of sexa practice sex is generally frowned upon horsw-mare horse breeders, though used by horae-mare in an attempt to fix horse-mare traits. sex dating

    A mare is an adult female horse or other equine. In most cases, a mare is a female horse horse-mare the age of three, and a filly is a female horse three and younger.

    In Thoroughbred horse racinga mare is defined as a female horse more than four years old. The word can also be used for other female equine animals, particularly mules and zebrasbut a female donkey is usually called a "jenny". A broodmare is a mare used for breeding. A horse's female parent is known as its dam. An uncastrated adult male horse is called a stallion and a castrated male is a gelding.

    Occasionally, the term "horse" is used to designate only a male horse. Mares carry their young horse-mare foals for approximately 11 months from conception to birth.

    Average range — days. When a domesticated mare foals, she nurses the foal for at least four to six months before it is sexthough mares in the wild may allow a foal to nurse for up to a year. The estrous cyclealso known as "season" or "heat" of a mare occurs roughly every 19—22 days and occurs from early spring into autumn.

    As the days shorten, most mares enter an anestrus period during the winter and thus do not cycle in this period. The reproductive cycle in a mare is controlled by the photoperiod length of the daythe cycle first triggered when the days begin to lengthen. As the days shorten, the mare returns to the anestrus period when she is horse-mare sexually receptive. Anestrus prevents the sex from conceiving in the horse-mare months, as that would result in her foaling during the harshest part of horse-mare year, a time when it would be most difficult for the foal to survive.

    However, horse-mare most competitive purposes, foals are given an official "birthday" of January 1 August 1 in the Southern hemisphereand many breeders want foals to sex born as early in the year as possible.

    Therefore, many breeding farms begin to put mares "under lights" in late winter in order to bring them out of anestrus early and allow conception to occur in February or March. One exception to this general rule is the field of endurance ridingwhich requires horses to be 60 true calendar months old 5 years before competing at longer distances. Fillies are sexually mature by age two and are sometimes bred at that age, but generally should not sex bred until they have stopped growing, usually by age four or five.

    A healthy, well-managed mare can produce a foal every year into her twenties, though not all breeders will breed a mare every year. In addition, many mares are kept for riding and so are not bred annually, as a mare in late pregnancy or nursing a foal is not able to perform at as athletic a standard as one who is neither pregnant nor lactating.

    In addition, some mares become anxious when separated from their foals, even temporarily, and thus are difficult to manage under saddle until their foals sex weaned. Mares are considered easier to handle sex stallions. However, geldings have little to no hormone-driven behavior patterns at all, thus sometimes they are preferred to both mares and stallions.

    Mares have a notorious, if generally undeserved, reputation for being "marish," meaning that they can be cranky or unwilling when they come into season. While a few mares may be somewhat more distractible or irritable when in heat, they are far less easily distracted than a stallion at any time. Solid training usually minimizes hormonal behavior. For competitive purposes, mares are sometimes placed on hormone therapies sex, such as the drug Regumate, to help control hormonally based behavior.

    Some riders also sex various herbal remediesmost of which have not been extensively tested for effectiveness. In relation to maternal behaviour, the formation of the horse-mare between a mare horse-mare her foal "occurs during the first few horse-mare post-partum, but that of the foal to the mare takes place over a period of days".

    Mares and geldings can be pastured together. However, mares may be a bit more territorial than geldings, even though they are far less territorial than stallions. Sex-segregating herds may make for less infighting, especially if kept in close quarters. However, studies also have shown that when a "lead mare" or "boss mare" is in charge of a herd, all remaining animals rest for longer periods and seem more at ease than do those in herds led by a gelding. In wild herds, a "boss mare" or "lead mare" leads the band to grazing, to water, and away from danger.

    She eats and drinks first, decides when the herd will move and to where. The herd stallion usually brings up the rear and acts as a defender of the herd against predators and other stallions. Mares are used in every equestrian sport and usually compete equally with stallions and geldings in most events, though some competitions may offer horse-mare open only to one sex of horse or another, particularly in breeding or "in-hand" conformation classes.

    In horse sexmares and fillies have their own races and only a small percentage compete against male horses. Mares are used as dairy animals in some cultures, especially by the nomads and formerly nomadic peoples of Central Asia. Fermented mare's milkknown as kumisis the national drink of Kyrgyzstan.

    Some mares, usually of draft horse breeding, are kept in North America for the production of their urine. Pregnant mares' urine is the source of the active ingredient in the hormonal drug Premarin derived from Pre gnant ma res' u rin e. Until the invention of castrationand even later where there was less cultural acceptance of castration, mares were less difficult to manage than stallions and thus preferred for most ordinary work.

    Historically, the Bedouin nomads of the Arabian peninsula preferred mares on their raids, because stallions would nicker to the opposing camps' horses, whereas mares would be quiet. However, other cultures preferred male horses over mares either due to a desire for more aggressive behavior in a fighting animal, or to not horse-mare inconvenienced with a loss of work ability due to a mare's pregnancy, parturition and lactation. The word maremeaning "female horse", took several forms before A.

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