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Extra strong heat, help!

I took Skye to a show Saturday and it was a total disaster. She became the polar opposite from my normally lazy, sleepy, kind of dopey mare. She was screaming, rearing (something she has never done), and generally making a scene for six hours. I only managed to get her into one riding class of the four I entered, and two halter classes. It was awful. This seems to have triggered an especially strong heat for her. She is more than happy to tease the gelding pastured next to her, paying no mind to the electric fence as well as talking to him constantly while they are in the barn. Yesterday when I rode her she was super talkative to begin with, but settled down until about half way through the lesson when she started rearing every time I asked for a halt. It got pretty scary a couple of times when we both lost our balance, and rearing in general scares the daylights out of me. Bucking I can deal with, but as soon as those front feet leave the ground I hit the panic button. Fortunately my mare is pretty obvious when she is going to do something naughty, and I was able to start defusing her before she was able to go up. My trainer suggested that I look in to some type of mare calming supplement. Does anybody have any suggestions? Or is there anything else I can do to help us get through this horrible heat she is having? I got her at the end of July last year and I honestly don’t remember any of her heats as being noteworthy, so I am a little hesitant about putting her on something. Plus when she is at a normal hormone level she is super lazy, if you let her stand for too long she will dose off during a lesson or grooming session. She has always been a huge tease to any gelding (she’s a former broodmare), and I am wondering if the fact that she is now pastured right next to another gelding is having an influence on her having a stronger heat.

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