09-29-2010, 12:53 AM
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I think it definitely depends on the individual horse, some are just crabbier than others lol, but just like dogs and cats, spaying will definitely rule out hormones as being the cause of a witchy or crazy or mean mare. I personally don't mind so much so I have no want or desire to spend the extra money to spay a mare unless there was something wrong with her the required it. We have a mare at my new barn who is crazy when she is in heat, which is 90% of the time (she's one I think could seriously benefit from being spayed), and they give her a hormonal shot or something every few months, and she supposedly does fine, no side effects and acts like a normal nice mare, but it's probably pretty costly, and is not a permanent means of fixing the problem, but it works for those particular owners. Honestly if you have a mare, and you don't want to deal with her bad attitude, I'd go with spaying her.