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  • Why is my mare so crabby?
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    08-29-2008, 07:13 AM
  #1
Foal
Excuse me, but my horse is a witch!

I've never had a mare before Lady Blue. She's come into heat and I don't know if I can handle her! She's grumpy and snarky and puts her ears back at everything that moves. She's spookier and friskier and while I'm riding her she will make a sudden sliding stop that would make a reiner proud. She then proceeds to call and call in the most pleading and enticing voice to the stallion in the paddock by the ring. Not to mention the constant peeing and squealing and the flipping of the tail right over her back.
Is there anything I can do? Help me!
     
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    08-29-2008, 08:20 AM
  #2
Started
Welcome to the world of mare ownership!!!! You could give different supplements like moody mare, mare magic... some horses it gives them a calming effect. A vet told me once that a horse can get PMS just like humans... like bloating, soreness, etc... so that's why they can get crabby.

With my mare I just have to watch my back. She tends to be more jumpy and well ******ed, but I don't lose myself and just work through it. If you want to give her something that will really work you could get her on Regumate. It is very expensive though and can cause women to become sterile if the medication gets into the body (even just skin contact)

Your vet should have a good suggestion for you as well. Just be careful and have fun with her!!!
     
    08-29-2008, 10:18 AM
  #3
Weanling
Pms eh? Too bad you have a stallion so close that jsut cannot help the situation. Hope her heat is short lived!
     
    08-29-2008, 07:08 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks! That regumate stuff doesn't sound like such a bad idea- I definitely don't mind if I'm sterile! Lol
I know it's a pain... there's actually TWO stallions where I ride, they are both very horny arabian studs who want my mare.
     
    08-29-2008, 07:26 PM
  #5
Trained
Im fortunate with my mare in that she doesnt really get very mare-ish when she is in season. Every now and then she gets a little cranky but nothing much at all really.

Some people give their mares a week off while they are in season especially if they are particularly crabby. Use this time to maybe do some groundwork and let her have a rest.

Having the stallion there would be what is making her worse IMO. While a mare gets cranky they don't pee all over the place or squeal and flick her tail up if there isnt a stallion around. Is there any way you can work with her were she can't see the stallions?
     
    08-31-2008, 12:43 AM
  #6
Foal
There's an indoor ring where they can't see eachother, which is nice, but if I want to work her over groundpoles we have to deal with Mr. Handsome.
     
    08-31-2008, 06:06 AM
  #7
Trained
I know its a pain in the patootie but can you take the poles into the arena? Or is it one of those places that doesnt allow any jumping in the arena?
     
    10-04-2012, 04:10 PM
  #8
Weanling
I'm going to suggest you talk to the owners of the stallions and arrange to have your rides in the outdoor when the stallions aren't there, when they are being ridden/groundworked/groomed/feed etc. The rest of the time, ride indoors or on a trail.
     
    10-04-2012, 04:15 PM
  #9
Yearling
Raspberry leaves do seem to work for me - there's a recent thread in the horse health section (I think) about them.

But, even with them, it seems like my mare is in heat constantly. Right now is particularly bad though, we don't have stallions where we board but that doesn't seem to matter. She's peeing and winking at anything that moves. She's also taken to pinning her ears at anything that even looks at her, which in some ways is comical because on the other hand, she's pretty much demanding that everyone look at her :) Poor girl-she's miserable and not fun to be around right now.
     
    10-04-2012, 04:18 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by jazzyrider    
while a mare gets cranky they don't pee all over the place or squeal and flick her tail up if there isnt a stallion around.
Ummm.... that's a memo all the mares at the barn where I am missed. There's a Welsh pony that literally chases after my gelding, talking and squealing and peeing all over.

There isn't a Stallion for probably a good 10 miles but I can always tell when mares are in heat, plenty of pee puddles in the barn aisle for me to clean up.
     

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