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post #1 of 23 Old 04-11-2012, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Mare showing herself?

This isn't exactly about breeding but the questions falls most closely into this category.

Yesterday when I went to see my mare she was without a doubt in full heat. I could tell as soon as I took her out of her stall as she cut in front of me to block me from walking(IMMEDIATELY REPRIMANDED...I don't care what's going on with her, she is NOT allowed to disrespect me). Took her into the arena and decided to just let her roam around for a bit while I looked for something in the tack box. There are two stalls in the back of the arena and this is where she went immediately. After about 3 minutes, she is squealing and urinating and showing herself to a 4 year old MARE that was in her stall (there is a gelding over there as well but she was flirting with the mare). Is this typical behavior? When I walked into the arena she pranced over to me and respectfully asked to come in so I let her walk up to me. After petting her neck for a second she turned her rear end towards me and presented herself to ME, urination and all. I just ignored her as I have heard that it is a sign of respect because she sees me as high enough to "breed her." Now of course I know that my horse is not a lesbian LOL I am just wondering if it is typical for a mare to show to other mares or human females.

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post #2 of 23 Old 04-11-2012, 09:37 AM
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Your mare is apparently a hussy of the first order when she's in season.

A lot of mares present to ANYTHING living, in the hopes of gettin' some bow chicka bow bow.

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Your mare is apparently a hussy of the first order when she's in season.

A lot of mares present to ANYTHING living, in the hopes of gettin' some bow chicka bow bow.

Could NOT have put it better myself.

Alls I can say is when brushing her tail, beware of any.. substances

Some mares go for anything that moves. Literally. You just got lucky that your mare isn't fussy
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post #4 of 23 Old 04-11-2012, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Your mare is apparently a hussy of the first order when she's in season.

A lot of mares present to ANYTHING living, in the hopes of gettin' some bow chicka bow bow.


Oh, she's definitely a hussy alright! And witchy when in heat! Looks like she was blessed with that extra kick of hormones...lucky me :P

Thanks for the response!
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Could NOT have put it better myself.

Alls I can say is when brushing her tail, beware of any.. substances

Some mares go for anything that moves. Literally. You just got lucky that your mare isn't fussy
It's funny how stallions are opposite. They go for the thing with the least resistence! Haha
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I have never owned or really been around a mare. This new horse I just got is my first. I had heard the term marish, but figured it meant they were crabby, Holly cow, I seriously am not old enough to be seeing this. My horse isnt crabby, if anything she is the extreme opposite, ETREMELY friendly to anything that moves and alot of things that don't move.
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my barn owner used to breed a few mares every year. She had shy mares that had to be right beside the stallion before they would show, and ones like your mare. There was one paint mare that spent the day showing her self off to the fence post. Oye.
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For those of you who have mares that show themselves to anyone/anything, where are they in pecking order in herd? I am wondering if there is any connection between this and pecking order. My mare is usually low in pecking order so wouldn't it make sense that she present herself to anything? A high mare would only present herself to the high stallion or anything higher than her...she would never go to the lowest gelding. A low mare would present to anything just to get the chance to breed. Just a thought...
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Naw, that's not how it works, Kelly. It just depends on the mare and how her temperament is during her heat cycle.

Since horses don't use a pecking order when it comes to breeding, every mare gets bred whether or not she's high ranking. They're not like wolves, where only the alpha pair breeds.

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The alpha mare where I board just spent last week desperately trying to entice my gelding. She is definitely the TOP of the pecking order and anyone who might think of questioning that is presented with 2 flying back feet. They have separate turnouts so he spent a lot of time on the OTHER side of his. Had no idea what was with the hussy that wouldn't leave him alone!
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