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    11-07-2010, 11:32 AM
  #11
Weanling
My 14 yo QH mare is usually fine. This past season she was a bit more difficult. Stopping and neighing to every horse in the neighborhood and a bit spookier than normal. Finally, I took a dressage crop out with me and when she tried to stop and announce herself, I gave her a tap on the shoulder and drove her forward. That ended it.
     
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    11-07-2010, 11:59 AM
  #12
Foal
We have the whole range of mares at my University’s stud. I usually find the mares that are bred frequently or have a foal at foot/just weaned are usually more overtly responsive to the stallions (maybe they’re more hormonal). Two of the mares I use for lessons are awful on the ground when they’re on heat, they’re usually wonderfully behaved but when they’re on heat and lead to the stables (which is through a corridor with two stallions on either side), they prance sideways, wink, urinate, squeal and neigh and generally take a strong, firm hand to keep them in hand (something the beginners find hard!)

Thankfully, my mare is completely unresponsive to stallions. We tease the whole herd of mares every morning to monitor their heat cycle (which is always an interesting thing to watch) and my mare never changes in her response. She is not overly aggressive to the stallions but she always puts her ears right back and pulls her angry face (she has the best angry face ever!). According to one of the Sisters working in the hospital, she came in (when she still belonged to another stud) with an open wound on her face because a stallion attacked her, so I can imagine why she hates them.
     
    11-07-2010, 12:38 PM
  #13
Green Broke
My Chico sounds like your mare mooney lol She'll call to certain horses that she fancies ha ha & needs a few reprimands just to keep her focused.
Thing with her is that she has certain boys that she prefers over others. In NO way miserable, though. Doesn't kick, squeal or even pin her ears (any more than normal).
My friend & I used to joke that she was partial to her "own kind". She's an Arab & there was one other Arabian gelding in my friend's pasture of about 9 horses (3 other mares) & she would hang out with nobody but him! It was cute how you'd always see them off by themselves.
     
    11-07-2010, 01:02 PM
  #14
Foal
Hey nice to hear all the different replies, like I said I love my mare and wouldn't give her up for any gelding. I find so many people are turned off of mares becasue of their cycle but I find a lot of them if they love their job they work %120. Saying that at least a mare has a change for her behaviour to improve, a gelding if their mean, there mean.
     
    11-10-2010, 04:25 PM
  #15
Weanling
My mare is a weirdo. She's an angel and you can't even tell when she's in heat. Then a gelding walks in the ring and she starts acting up to show off. Kind of annoying, funny to watch her prance next to the geldings.
     
    11-10-2010, 04:42 PM
  #16
Yearling
I usually don't notice if Rainy's in heat or not. There's certainly no large signs, though I suppose she's more apt to flirt with my friends geldings then usual. Nothing out of hand though, and on the ground she's perfectly fine. Lucky me, I suppose. :)
     
    11-10-2010, 10:46 PM
  #17
Yearling
The few mares that I've worked with tend to just get a little more opinionated under saddle, but after I've been working with them for a while they realize that it won't get them anywhere. I've owned two mares, and both learned that acting out just resulted in more work. I don't like to think that mares have any right to act different, in-hand or under saddle, when they're in heat and that's how I work with them. I don't care how they act in their stall or out in the pasture, but as soon as I put that halter on they better know that it's time to pay attention to me and get their work done.
     
    11-11-2010, 12:09 AM
  #18
Foal
My mares don't usually show any difference when in heat, except my TWH, she will wink at the boys as we are riding down the trails but that is it. She is well behaved on the ground and in saddle. She knows that acting out will get her no where with me.
     
    11-11-2010, 04:34 PM
  #19
Foal
My mare is a pain when she's in season, sometimes to the point of being unrideable. Oddly enough she isn't really interested in the other horses then, even stallions, she just acts like she's never been ridden before. Even leading her is a battle.
She doesn't get aggressive, though, which is good. Just dumb!
     
    11-11-2010, 05:43 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Our mares are fine to ride when they're in season, but they sure do draw a crowd at the fence when riding three mares past a pasture full of guys.
     

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