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    09-02-2010, 10:02 PM

I have a 12 year old QH mare. She was in a big barn situation and she had to fight for her food. She has been out of that situation for a little over a year now but she is still very protective over her food. She will also pin her ears at horses that come close to her (i.e. Passing her on the x ties). I have never found her to be a very mareish mare but lately she has been more ornery then she usually is. It is possibly b/c it is getting closer to fall and maybe she is starting to go into heat. I don't know what it is but her mood has been a little weird (ornery) lately. I wanted to look into maybe getting her a mare supplement. Would this help her with not pinning her ears at other horses on the x ties? What are good ingredients to look for in a mare supplement? Thanks!
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    09-03-2010, 10:28 PM
Anyone know?
    09-04-2010, 12:04 AM
Green Broke
How long have you had her? When did this attitude change start? What was she eating at her old barn? What is she eating now? (hay, grain, supplements, amounts of all of these) How much turnout does she get? How much did she get at her last barn? Has she gained or lost weight recently? How does your saddle fit RIGHT NOW? Have you had it checked by a saddle fit recently? (not your trainer/instructor, a real saddle fitter)

Before adding a supplement, you need to figure out exactly what's causing her behavior. A small change in feed, turnout, or saddle can make all the difference in the world.
    09-04-2010, 04:13 PM
She has been getting the same turnout and grain for a year. She was recently switched to a new field so maybe that has something to do with it.
    09-04-2010, 10:19 PM
Green Broke
Does she have new pasture mates?

What kind of feed/grain is she getting and how much? A change in feed can help "moody mares" a lot.
    09-05-2010, 12:41 PM
I don't know that this applies to you, but my mare's mare-ish-ness came in the form of being nervous. If she was in heat, she thought the world was out to get her. I put her on straight dried and coarse ground red raspberry leaf (which is exactly what Mare Magic is) and it worked amazingly. Just an ounce a day!

It sounds like you're having a different issue however. But, I guess it never hurts to try.

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