So I have a 4 year old OTTB mare that I got in November. So far she has been doing very well of her training, except when she is cycling. It is progressively getting worse. Yesterday, the farrier came out to do her feet (she is cycling now). She was ok the first 2 feet (although she didn't stay still a few times). By the 3rd foot she was getting pretty antsy. And by the 4th she completely lost her mind. She started rearing, kicking, bucking. We put the stud chain under her lip, hoping that would have the calming effect it usually does. Well, it didn't do anything. Then we used a twitch, that didn't work either. The farrier had me take her out of the cross ties and just hold her. About 2 mins after that (with the twitch on) she went ballistic. She reared up in the air, jumped off all 4 feet and bucked in the air. She charged the farriers truck, she almost ran over myself and the farrier. I had never seen ANYTHING like it. Thank god we had a vet there at this time, he had to sedate her.
After the farrier got the final shoe on I had a conversation with the vet. He told me that some mares are just crazy when they are cycling. I've always had geldings so I've never dealt with this before. He told me there were a few things I could do to help. He said there was Regu-mate, a bit pricey and harmful to myself, but it works well. Then he told me about marbling, and also about weekly progesterone shots. The one thing he suggested the most were progesterone implants. He said they last for 60-90 days (more like 60) and that they had to be replaced when they wear off. They are fairly inexpensive, and don't take very long to implant.
I was wondering if any of you have had these problems, and what you have done about it. I have her scheduled to receive these implants on Monday, and I was also going to order some stuff from Smartpak that hopefully will help her out. I hated seeing her like that yesterday, it was heartbreaking. She is such a brilliant horse and now everyone in our barn thinks she is crazy. Please help!