Painthorsemares, the reason I thought my mare was in season is that she is more verbal now. She occasionally squeals at my geldings. She has usually quiet and doesn't normally squeal. She hasn't been lifting her tail or "winking". I guess I'm reading her wrong. Could it be that she is just maturing and moving into the adult horse that she will be? Elana, I have been ground training her all along. I've just noticed that since this has begun lately (as in the past week and a half) that she seems more connected to me and is much easier to work with. I guess I need to learn more about mares and the personality differences between them and geldings. Any information would be gladly taken! Thanks so much :)
Horses typically squeal when they are annoyed or angry. Mares will do this when they are not
interested in mating, i.e. approached by a male when not in season
, and they will kick if the male doesn't take the hint.
If she starts lifting her tail, winking, backing into, or peeing right next to another horse then you know she is in season. Many mares will not show at all except to stallions, and some will show to other mares (especially the first cycle or two of the year).
As far as personality differences with geldings...
- Most importantly, disregard (or place in the back of your mind) all the things you've heard about mares always being a PITA when in season. Our mares may get fussy with each other a bit more (especially if more than one are in season at the same time), but they are never
fussy with me. If you treat them different, they will be different.
- You do, however, need to be attentive when riding a mare in season around stallions. That instinct is very strong
in some mares and a poorly behaved stallion will just make the riding worse.
- Mares are very serious
about their pecking order, in my experience more so than in geldings. They will fuss with each other, so you always want to make sure you are the 'boss mare' and you'll have no trouble at all.