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    02-16-2011, 12:04 PM
  #1
Foal
Mare backing up to geldings..

I have a 6 year old Arab Appaloosa mare that has a very big problem with being separated from other horses.. when she's around geldings she backs up to them and starts "squirting" on them.. if that's appropriate to say on here.. and if theres another mare that's in heat she acts like she's in heat.. I think she's having the separation problems because of her hormones or something.. I don't even know what to call it.. can anyone help?? Are there any supplements I can put in her feed to control this... please help! Its a really big problem!
     
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    02-16-2011, 01:49 PM
  #2
Foal
If you are around, or on her that should NOT be allowed. There are supplements that can help control her heat cycle a bit, but it is still NOT acceptable behavior. It's rude and can become dangerous. Give her trouble every time she backs up to a gelding as soon as she thinks about it when your with her (not when she's out to pasture).

Some mares are like this and there is nothing you can do to stop it. It's just the way they are. But while you are near them it's not acceptable.

This is why a lot of people keep their mares and gelding in different pens. They just cause problems and horses end up getting hurt.
     
    02-16-2011, 06:50 PM
  #3
Super Moderator
We NEVER run mares and geldings together. I do not even run them across a fence from each other unless there is a hot wire above the fence.

It just avoids so many behavioral problems and so many injuries when you do not mix them or let them become 'herd-bound' to each other. Some just get completely irrational and will even run through fences once they have become too 'attached'.

I would have a reproductive Vet check her out to make sure she has no major problems. But, getting her away from the geldings would help a lot.
     
    02-16-2011, 09:02 PM
  #4
Green Broke
My boys seem to act better with a girl in the mix. My bossy boys are too love struck to worry about picking on the other boys, lol. I only have one boy that is herd bound, and he's a bit of a basket case no matter what, so it's not that big of a difference than his normal behavior, lol. He's learned to deal.

That said, I only have one "hussy" girl, and she has her boyfriend and doesn't really flirt with anyone else. Her heats used to be BAD though. She has improved with age, and also a change in diet. She's on a 100% grain-free diet with added b-vitamins and magnesium. She gets a custom blended vit/min supplement mixed with alfalfa pellets and flax, no feed or grain. She's on mixed grass hay. Putting her on this "calm" diet has really helped her seasons and her overall work-ethic.

I agree with having a vet check her out, just to be sure she doesn't have something wrong with her.
     
    02-23-2011, 03:27 PM
  #5
Showing
Have you considered putting her on Regu-mate?
     
    02-23-2011, 03:38 PM
  #6
Yearling
Mare Magic is supposed to be good. From what I understand it's more of a natural herbal supplement that helps with hormones. Too bad it wouldn't work on my grumpy gelding,lol.

As mentioned above, some mares are just hussies. My BO used to have a mare that would back up to the light pole in the pasture when in season, after several years the pole actually had to be reset because it was like the leaning tower of Pisa. Some will actually "do the deed" with geldings, especially if they were gelded late and know what to do with their equipment.
My gelding is in with mares, but he is very dominant and unless he's kept with a single mare he doesn't get lovestuck or protective.
     
    02-23-2011, 04:05 PM
  #7
Started
If you have no plans to breed her, you can always have her spayed. Takes care of the problem forever. I would not own a mare without them being spayed.
     
    02-23-2011, 11:52 PM
  #8
Yearling
We had a "hussy" get caught up in the fence this week. Thank god we have barbless wire (the hot top wire was down) but it still skinned her up pretty good. She is the exact same way as your horse.. some can be so bad that they are a danger to themselves and others! There are a few hussy's at my barn and they just feed off each other. If one starts squirting the next one will do the same...The owner is thankfully putting her on monthly progesterone shots.
     
    02-24-2011, 12:01 AM
  #9
Green Broke
We have a 30yr old pony where I board like that. Since she is 30 and a really sloooow walk is about all she is good for, she gets to meander around the property. She basically goes from turnout to turnout, talking, squealing, backing up to the gates and squirting.

She's "confused" to say the least, if I bring my mare out, she's right up her butt, following and talking. Put my mare in cross ties and she's backing up to her.

All the horses seem to realize she's not quite all there, none of them are in the least bit bothered by her, even those who would NEVER allow a horse to be up their butt. After a bit, some will get this look on their face like "would someone PLEASE remove this loony toon" and then we just chase her out of the barn and she goes back to pacing around between turnouts.

It's actually pretty funny!
     
    02-24-2011, 12:14 AM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Delfina    
We have a 30yr old pony where I board like that. Since she is 30 and a really sloooow walk is about all she is good for, she gets to meander around the property. She basically goes from turnout to turnout, talking, squealing, backing up to the gates and squirting.

She's "confused" to say the least, if I bring my mare out, she's right up her butt, following and talking. Put my mare in cross ties and she's backing up to her.

All the horses seem to realize she's not quite all there, none of them are in the least bit bothered by her, even those who would NEVER allow a horse to be up their butt. After a bit, some will get this look on their face like "would someone PLEASE remove this loony toon" and then we just chase her out of the barn and she goes back to pacing around between turnouts.

It's actually pretty funny!
That is too cute... I giggled when I thought of the old coot. :)
     

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