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    08-23-2013, 09:42 AM
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Taking care of a mare in season?

Not sure if this is where I should post this, but does anyone have any tips for a mare in season? My 2 year old just started coming into season and she is so itchy! She has been rubbing and rubbing and I feel so bad for her. I have put MTG in her tail so that she doesn't rub it raw, but I am guessing she is rubbing for other reasons. Any suggestions?
     
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    08-23-2013, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Sonnyx12    
Not sure if this is where I should post this, but does anyone have any tips for a mare in season? My 2 year old just started coming into season and she is so itchy! She has been rubbing and rubbing and I feel so bad for her. I have put MTG in her tail so that she doesn't rub it raw, but I am guessing she is rubbing for other reasons. Any suggestions?
LOL! Welcome to the world of mares. If she's not destroying her tail or the fence or the stall walls or anything else, just ignore her. She'll go out in about 7 days.
     
    08-23-2013, 10:11 AM
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My current mare is highly distractible, sensitive around the flank area and a bit 'grumpy' in general for a few days, but I have never noticed her become itchy. I am however relatively lucky, Storm is fairly discrete, only really shows she is in season if a cute rig or stallion (or eager gelding) is in the area

Is she only itchy when in season or a lot of the time? Is she scratching her self or 'presenting' herself to everything, a friends mare will present to anything and everything (trees, fences, people etc)

Dose she pee on her tail and legs a lot? Could it be bugs biting/driving her nuts, attracted by the urine?

My other thought is dirty bits, check her udder and under her tail for and build up of muck, my mare regularly get a build up between the two teats.

If she is always itching I would be checking for worms, mites and skin issues
     
    08-23-2013, 11:09 AM
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Definitely check for worms or skin issues, just in case, but I know one of my mares always seemed itchy in heat. She had other symptoms as well that could make showing difficult, but we had success with Mare Magic (raspberry leaves).
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    08-23-2013, 11:13 AM
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I guess I should have asked, is this mare a show horse or a pasture pet? If she's a show horse, I'd be doing all the checking suggested. I have too many mares to worry unless one is showing definite symptoms of something and I have too many who will ....present to a fence post, for lack of a more delicate way to put it. I'd be chasing mares all day looking for worms and stuff. Some mares are just .........blatant.
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    08-23-2013, 11:18 AM
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Dreamcatcher: Blatant is a good way to put it. ;) A barn I worked at had a mare who would convince geldings to mount her...she was the hussie of the group.
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    08-23-2013, 11:28 AM
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All mares tend to be different, I have 3 who never show any signs of being in season and two that are complete 'tarts' and flirt with each other incessantly
I have also never seen any tendency to really scratch at their tails (which doesn't mean that some wont do it of course) so it could be worms, bugs or that she needs a good daily wash around her 'bits' and her udder too as that will cause discomfort, irritation and attract flies. Really this is something that should be done as part of routine grooming anyway
One thing to watch for is that if you have a very flirty mare her overpowering attentions might be found annoying by some other horses and will get her kicked
     

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