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    02-02-2011, 07:38 PM
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Foal
Does breeding = calming

Does it calm a mare if you breed her?
     
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    02-02-2011, 11:13 PM
  #2
Trained
Each mare responds differently. Some can become very moody and aggressive with all the hormones, others are fine.

However if the mare needs calming, breeding is not a good way to do it as those negative traits you are trying to get rid of in her may be passed down onto the foal.

There are medicines that are far more effective at calming a mare such as regumate.
     
    02-03-2011, 02:13 AM
  #3
Trained
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
Each mare responds differently. Some can become very moody and aggressive with all the hormones, others are fine.

However if the mare needs calming, breeding is not a good way to do it as those negative traits you are trying to get rid of in her may be passed down onto the foal.

There are medicines that are far more effective at calming a mare such as regumate.
Ditto this.

Breeding to "calm" a mare is never a good reason to breed.
     
    02-03-2011, 02:37 AM
  #4
Started
I know a couple of people who have bred their mares to calm them down, and according to them it worked, but personally I'd rather have a trained horse, one that I can get close to without problem, who stands calmly, so that if and when I do decide to breed, I know that I can get close to the mare and handle her fairly consistently and safely (again all mares are different, and some do get protective and moody) throughout her pregnancy, and once the foal is born, be able to get close to the foal, make sure he/she is healthy, and be able to work with him/her. If I've got a horse that is already moody, or skittish, or "hyper", or scared of people, or what not, then chances are the baby will learn that people are to be feared, as well as other objects and things around the barn, because mom is scared of them, or reacts strongly to them, and the last thing I would want is a mare AND a foal who are skittish, moody, hyper ect.
     
    02-03-2011, 10:23 AM
  #5
Foal
Thanks guys. I only asked because I saw someone mention it to someone else on another post as an option to calming and I was curious.
     
    02-04-2011, 08:31 PM
  #6
Showing
In most cases, yes. Molly's always been very spirited and energetic, her trainer reccomended I breed her to calm her down a bit, but I don't want to deal with a foal right now. Some mares are just the same after foaling, some are calmed considerably.
     
    02-05-2011, 01:27 AM
  #7
Trained
Some are also worse.
     
    02-05-2011, 02:41 AM
  #8
Green Broke
If you arehaving problems with a mareish mare then I'd personaly have a marble put in her. Makes her think she is pregnant without the resulting foal. I've had it doneto several competition mares when thier mareish tendancies started affecting their competition results.

I'd never have regumate anywhere near the yard! It is extremely dangerous for any woman of childbaring age to handle!
     
    02-05-2011, 07:15 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by faye    
If you arehaving problems with a mareish mare then I'd personaly have a marble put in her. Makes her think she is pregnant without the resulting foal. I've had it doneto several competition mares when thier mareish tendancies started affecting their competition results.

I'd never have regumate anywhere near the yard! It is extremely dangerous for any woman of childbaring age to handle!
A marble?? I've never heard of anyone doing that. But it sounds pretty cool. Weird...
     
    02-05-2011, 07:51 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Marbles May Help Minimize Marish Behavior

This is an article from 2002 - since then it has become fairly mainstream over here in europe for competition mares.
     

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