Use of an androgenized mare as an aid in detection of estrus in mares. Academic Article uri icon


  • A study was conducted over a 2-mo period to compare estrus detection results obtained using an androgenized teaser mare with those obtained with a stallion, using the same group of 10 normally cyclic mares. The teaser mare was androgenized by administration of boldenone undecylenate (500 mg i.m. every 1 to 2 wk), and allowed to run loose with the mare group. Estrus was determined by observation of the group for a 30-min period daily. In the second month of the experiment, a marking harness was used on the androgenized mare to help detect mares mounted when in estrus. Estrous periods detected by each teasing method were 1) first month: stallion, 18; androgenized mare, 5; 2) second month: stallion, 16; androgenized mare, 9. There were no estrous periods detected by the androgenized mare that were not also detected by the stallion. Under these conditions, the androgenized mare was not an adequate estrus detection aid. Also discussed are the successful results of an independent trial on a breeding farm using an androgenized mare as an estrus detection aid.

published proceedings

  • Theriogenology

author list (cited authors)

  • McDonnell, S. M., Hinrichs, K., Cooper, W. L., & Kenney, R. M.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • McDonnell, SM||Hinrichs, K||Cooper, WL||Kenney, RM

publication date

  • January 1988