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!
I tried Mare Magic, but it didn't seem to make much difference to my mare. Calm & Cool seemed to help some, but I honestly think I'm getting my best results from feeding her psyllium daily. It may have been her problems were less with being a mare and more with indigestion.
In honesty, she has always been moody, but I hadn't noticed it being tied to her cycles. (I'll also add I don't spend a lot of time looking to see if she is cycling) She has also been prone to mild colic, so Mare Magic may not have been a very smart choice for me to try. Based on the last 3 months of trying supplements, it seems she wasn't being 'bitchy' - just occasionally constipated! But do the nerves cause the constipation, or the constipation the nerves? I suspect the gelding who shares the corral with her would also like to know!
I don't plan on buying more Mare Magic (I have one more bag), but I may wean her off the Calm & Cool and see how she does on psyllium only.
I'm so thankfully for Mare Magic. It makes my mare so much more manageable when she's in season and when she's not.
In her case it seems to just level out her moods and her hyperness which is wonderful. :)
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