Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
In my experience and opinion, some mares do "settle down" after having a foal... now, whether that's age-related (as in, the mare's now a year older than when she was bred) or a hormonal thing... anyways, it doesn't hold true for every mare, and in my opinion, it is a mindless reason to breed a mare.
People are always trying to correlate things - such as with cell phones and brain tumors... it's been proven untrue... doesn't mean people don't still believe it.
If you're going to breed, do it for the right reasons... as in, the mare's done something in her life, or has accomplished something, or has exceptional conformation that you want to pass on to a foal, etc etc etc (like you can see in my other threads on the topic) .. but making a mare pregnant just to make her settle down? No, that is not an acceptable reason in my mind.
If you want to get a mare to settle down there are some amazing supplements out there that do that. To name a few:
- "Chill" by Omega Alpha
- "Feisty Mare" by Herbs for Horses
- "Moody Mare" by Wendels
... even a hormonal replacement from your vet! There are a million other ways to get a mare to settle down than getting her to have a foal... having a foal is expensive and risky.
Talk to your vet... I will almost bet on it he'll say the same thing.
I just want to caveat this by adding, if you show, you need to check the ingredients of these, some things will test positive for illegal drugs on some show circuits. Also, not every supplement will work for every mare, so it might take a little experimenting to find the one that is right for your mare. Also, the stuff that your vet can provide is very costly and you have to be VERY careful with it as it causes birth defects in human babies. (you can NOT touch it...at all).
Another thought is, which I never tried, my vet said you can A - have your mare spayed or B - have a stainless steel marble inserted into your mares uterus. I personally have been using Magic Mare, it's an all natural supplement and it's only about $18 a month. And it does work for my mare....