Originally Posted by usandpets
To me bad behavior is bad behavior. Unless it's cause from pain, I don't tolerate it, period. It doesn't matter if it's from them being in heat or from spring fever or whatever. They had better check it at the gate to the pasture or they could have a "come to Jesus meeting."
Make them realize that the wrong thing is hard and make the right thing easy. If they can behave badly, they can work their butt off. I don't usually have a problem with mares, even ones I've only met. I knew one gal that had one of those moody mares. She did marble her and had her on hormone supplements. They didn't seem to work for her. I had to lead her out to the turnout a few times. She acted up and I disciplined her. She walked fine after that.
Just my thoughts on it.
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Where as I agree with 'come to jesus' sessions, you have to take each horse individually, and I fully believe that calmers, with a hormonal mare, are an extremely good precaution to take. If the horse in the OP is that bad, I wouldn't be having a full blown come to jesus session straight off, because there is very little chance I would win it. My trainer once said 'Don't pick battles you can't win.' Taking small, but firm and monumentus steps to ensure safety of yourself, the horse, and drilling manners in are the best bet... as a 4yo OTTB you don't know what sort of background she has.. apart from being off the track, so you don't know if she realises how she should behave, so why punish something the horse doesn't understand, rather than showing the right way? Just my opinion though ;)
If hormone supplements etc don't work, its generally because it wasn't a hormone problem to start off with, and a behavioural one.