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post #1 of 12 Old 04-24-2013, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Breeding to "calm" a mare down?

I heard a friend say that she was going to breed her mare once, so it would calm her down. Didn't sound like a very good or effective plan to me, but correct me if I am wrong because I have never heard of that before.
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-24-2013, 12:09 PM
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*implied facepalm*

Can't even comment on that...just say IMHO that is a very very very poor reason to breed
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-24-2013, 12:09 PM
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I think it only works temporarily while the horse is pregnant and not cycling.

I believe that behavior during estrus is genetically linked. A mare who is very moody is going to likely have a filly that is moody as well. I have one mare who is obvious every time she is in season (and that seems to be the most likely time for her to act crazy and spook out from under me). She was bred once in her life, so I doubt breeding "calmed her" any.

I have another mare who if you didn't know better would think is a gelding. She shows absolutely NO signs of being in estrus... I know she is cycling, sometimes she might raise her tail if you brush over her rump. Other than that, you can't tell any difference. She has not been bred. She has some days where she is more nervous than normal, but I can't tell if she is just feeling good on those days, or if she is seasonal. She doesn't act different around strange horses. A nice riding mare!
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I think it only works temporarily while the horse is pregnant and not cycling.

I believe that behavior during estrus is genetically linked. A mare who is very moody is going to likely have a filly that is moody as well. I have one mare who is obvious every time she is in season (and that seems to be the most likely time for her to act crazy and spook out from under me). She was bred once in her life, so I doubt breeding "calmed her" any.

I have another mare who if you didn't know better would think is a gelding. She shows absolutely NO signs of being in estrus... I know she is cycling, sometimes she might raise her tail if you brush over her rump. Other than that, you can't tell any difference. She has not been bred. She has some days where she is more nervous than normal, but I can't tell if she is just feeling good on those days, or if she is seasonal. She doesn't act different around strange horses. A nice riding mare!
Exactly what I thought. The mare is still going to cycle so how is breeding her going to calm her down lol I just ended the conversation because I didn't want to get in an argument.
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Doesn't work. Someone tried it with my mare when she was younger. It made no difference. She was even an evil snot during her pregnancy. If anything she was crankier.

If you want to chill a mare out you can do hormones or marbles. But breeding doesn't do anything.

Oddly enough... my mare is a brat, yet all of her offspring have been wonderful quiet and a dream to work with. Go figure lol.

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It's a widespred rumor with little proof to back it. A spooky horse might be a bit less jittery during pregnancy, but pregnancy usually increases the grouchy-ness, as it does in humans. I've never seen a case of long term personality change.
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I was told that breeding a stallion would calm them do too, not that I put much stock in it.

Never judge a book by their cover, also never judge a pony by their height. They tend to be big personalities in little packages.
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I heard a friend say that she was going to breed her mare once, so it would calm her down. Didn't sound like a very good or effective plan to me, but correct me if I am wrong because I have never heard of that before.
Does not work for every mare. If she is ill tempered or "hot" don't breed her.

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I agree temperament is just as important as conformation as there is no point having a really well conformed horse is you can't do anything with it.

Never judge a book by their cover, also never judge a pony by their height. They tend to be big personalities in little packages.
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I have a friend who had an unmanagable stallion of high quality. They decided to breed it once before gelding it and after the deed its personalty was normal and they then kept it a stud.
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