Kind of two questions in one...
This is the first mare I've owned, and seeing her come into heat three times now I've come to the conclusion that she is definitely consistently moody - paces in her turnout, paws at the ground when tied, gets very cinchy when I tack her up and is bad with her feet when I go to pick them. Her tail is always up and she pins her ears and will kick at other horses in the turnout. I rode her last night and she did ok, but she did stop abruptly, pin her ears and get a little tail swishy. When she's not in heat she doesn't exhibit any of these behaviors and is a very quiet, safe girl.
So my first question is for those of you who own mares who show some of the same traits when in heat, how do you deal with it, or handle it any differently than when they're not? And second, someone at the barn told me about mare magic and said it's worked well for their horses. Has anyone used it with good results? Any info/advice is appreciated!