In need of a supplement for my mare!

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In need of a supplement for my mare!

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    07-14-2008, 08:57 PM
In need of a supplement for my mare!

I went to the barn today in hopes of riding Vega. I decided to braid her mane to help it train in. I only got about half way done, and I couldn't take it anymore. She purposely stepped on my foot, tried biting me numerous times.. it was pretty bad. And then walking her was next to impossible. So I didn't ride :(
Anyways, i'm looking into mare supplements and I don't know which one to choose. I'm thinking about trying Mare Magic (since it's only about $20) and then i'll see if it helps her at all.

Has anyone used this, or know of anyone who used it? Does it seem to help a moody mare?
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    07-14-2008, 09:17 PM
Green Broke
I've personally not had any experience with it, but read several reviews on smartpak's website...seems to have worked very well for more people than not :)
    07-14-2008, 09:26 PM
I read those too, but I wanted outside experiences.

I think i'll just order it and hope that it works.
    07-14-2008, 10:01 PM
Green Broke
Appy I don't use them and my vet says don't bother because its just like putting them on a drug and usually its just behavoral problems.

That's what the vet says.
    07-14-2008, 10:31 PM
Maby try alot of ground work with her.. If she does something wrong lounge her untill she sweats... My mare bucked and I doubt she will ever do it again.. She has made wonderful progress.. Also yesterday I was riding her and she through her head back and bit my pants leg.. I got off imediatly and backed her up showing her that that was NOT going to be tolerated while Im riding..
    07-14-2008, 11:36 PM
Green Broke
Ya appy I wouldnt go to mare magic yet im 90% sure its behavoral because she's not acting mareish at all, just a little testy.
    07-15-2008, 12:13 AM
Vega's in heat. And she has always been like this, but today it was on the line of getting dangerous if I did any more with her.

I appreciate the concern, but i'm going to get it and see how she does with it.

If it was a behavioral problem, wouldn't she be like this all the time? I don't like lunging Vega, I feel its just a way to tire out a horse until the human gets what they want without really working through the problem... JMO though.
    07-15-2008, 09:33 AM
Green Broke
Appy, she's young too...i say go ahead and put her on it...if it has good effects, that's super, because you can then work on her mareish things without worry of her becoming witchy...then when she's "all growed up" there probably wont be a need for it :)
    07-15-2008, 10:28 AM
Thanks KickShaw!

I'm going to see if some tack shops around me sell it, so I can put it on her today, instead of waiting about a week to get it.
    07-15-2008, 10:56 AM
I have never owned a mare but...

I had a good friend (mom was a vet tech) and they put their mare on some sort of birth control. It didn't have any "drowsy" effects like most of the supplements that are sold and it blocked the mare from coming in heat. It was just a shot that they gave her I think every 3 months. I don't know any details about the name of the drug...but it seemed to work very well. That mare showed very frequently...placed very well...and was around all kinds of stallions and geldings at the shows.

Might be something worth researching...would be a lot easier than putting a supplement in her food everyday.

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