Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Not many horse owners, IMO, would really describe their horse upfront, as a "mareish mare." Which tells me that she really is moody/pushy enough to bring it up as an issue. Is this ad online? Personally I love mares and bad behaviour can occur in any horse, male or female. But if you get to see her, bad signs to look for are biting, pushy, nippy, ears always back, wide "fearful" eyes (as opposed to soft and gentle), stomping, striking, etc. Some mares are very dominant and witchy. If she is at the top of the herd than she is definitely dominant. A dominant horse however, is not necessarily a badly-behaved horse. For instance, my mare Jubilee is dominant and sometimes aggressive in the field towards passive horses, but she is a complete angel with people. Some horses are just aggressive with each other but not with people.
Is there a link? I think for some horses yes, that would make them aggressive and bad-behaved. But like I said, Jubilee is totally different in the way she reacts to humans than she does to horses she doesn't like. Does that make any sense?
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future'" ~ Jeremiah 29:11