What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Vulvar Winking, Usually with Urination


Vulvar winking is a common behavior for mares in heat (estrus), and usually accompanies squatting and urination. However, vulvar winking also occurs when the urinary tract or vulva is irritated.

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    • If this happens frequently or excessively.

your role


What To Do

Taken alone with no other signs of illness or abnormalities, this behavior may not be cause for worry. When in doubt, assess your horse's general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE), and contact your vet with your findings and concerns.

your vet's role

Your vet may advise you to take a "wait and see" approach or suggest that they examine your horse.
Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • How regular are the mare's heat cycles?
  • How long do the heat cycles last?
  • What is the horse's age, sex, breed and history?
  • When did you first notice this?
  • Do you think the horse's attitude and appetite are normal?
  • What are the results of the Whole Horse Exam (WHE)?

Treatments Your Vet May Recommend

A way to resolve the condition or diagnosis. Resolving the underlying cause or treating the signs of disease (symptomatic treatment)

Very Common
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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP