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post #11 of 16 Old 12-19-2010, 07:36 PM
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I agree that we experience more bad behavior from the geldings in the family. My horse is the only mare (not counting our pony, who you can't tell is in heat, but still manages to drive the geldings nuts) in the family, and she's not any different in heat then out. We've owned alot of mares, had one pony that was squealy, and one mare that was more spooky, otherwise never had any 'mare' problems. I agree that it is often just an excuse for bad behavior.
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post #12 of 16 Old 12-19-2010, 07:55 PM
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I try not to use her on trailrides when she is in season. When I have, other people just think she needs more work. She may try and kick at another horse or is just plain spooky. Any other time she is well behaved.
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post #13 of 16 Old 12-20-2010, 04:05 AM
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My horse is the devil when she is in heat.
When I first got her she ran after me with ears pinned back and it was horrible. With that happening I was scared of what she would do for a little while. She is a cranky horse when she is in heat and she will defiently let you know. I still ride her and work with her though as I don't think she should get the option to be flirtin around with horses all day and night.

They have mare magic supplement which is basically raspberry leaves. Some people like it but I never tried it.Not sure if it's for mares who are mare-ish all the time or what.
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post #14 of 16 Old 12-29-2010, 03:44 AM
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I never wanted mares because of this issue...but now I've recently owned or rode 4 mares...coming up on more than geldings! My mares only got a little "grumpy" during that time and usually only at the beginning of the spring season. One usually hangs out with the gelding over the fence. My other mare never shows any signs, most people ask if she is a gelding lol. I have heard of some herbal remedies that help. After purchasing my first mare I was curious about how this would affect her... it was very informative on the issue. It says you should really give your mare rest during this time and don't push their buttons. I can't remember where the article went but I think everyone should read it! It also explained that "really bad moody mares" that do things like kick and bite or lean/push in the trailer tend to have more pain than the ones that don't act bad. One example in the article said their mare always pushed the walls in their slant load horse trailer when going to shows. They found out after a few tests that she had something wrong with her ovaries and was pushing probably to relieve pain. They suggest that if she is "moody" or not feeling good...that its just part of nature and we should deal with them.... not the other way around. If it is severe I would say have a experienced vet check her out. Anyway, that is just some info I ran across in researching the topic and thought I would share. :) Can't wait to see what other info you find out. Thanks ~~~Amanda~~~
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-29-2010, 04:17 AM
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Here is another article I ran across. It isn't the same one but is still informative about what is going on with your mare at that specific time and how to deal with it. I think the most important thing to keep in mind about this is that what your mare is doing is completely natural to her and just comes as an instinctive part of her being an "animal". Horses and other animals tend to react in ways that NATURE intended for them to. If there is something an animal that you know is doing....its probably something hard-wired into their genes to do, that we may not understand or completely get. :) So I would just say to stay informed and be patient. Lol.
(there are two parts to the article, make sure you scroll down to read part 2 also)

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post #16 of 16 Old 12-30-2010, 10:22 AM
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Every mare is different. This is my experiences with mares.

Some mares I know just are more irritable in heat. More prone to snap their teeth at other horses, etc. My mom's mare is irritable, and "flirty." If she realizes there are boys around (even if they are geldings), she lifts up her tail, hollows her back, arches her neck, and prances. It is hilarious to watch! Some mares I know just "wink," or they act the same as they always do. I only know one mare that was really bad in heat. She was dragging her owner all over the place (even with a chain lead rope over her nose), "winking," acting like a brat undersaddle, etc. This was discovered at the horse show finals in the area. Since her owner is a beginner, they decided to put a marble-like thing in her that tricks her body into thinking she's in foal so she won't go into heat.

I hope this helps. Good luck with your report!

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