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    08-09-2008, 09:01 PM
Green Broke
Mareish Mares

I've been searching here and there for a potential buy. I've been looking more for mares but I am not totally against geldings either. Ultimately it'll depend on the horse.

I read an add today that said a mare is a bit mareish, so I assume she can be a bit moody, or pushy. The add also said that, that mare was higher in the heard.

The question I have is: Is there a link between mareish mares, and them being higher up in the heard? Like an assertive dog being the alpha dog in a pack.

Can anyone offer any insight as to the behavior of a mareish mare?
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    08-09-2008, 11:59 PM
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?
    08-10-2008, 12:02 AM
Green Broke
You can do things for mares like that though. There are implants that work REALLY well. We've got a couple mares at the barn that have them and it's been a miracle!!!
    08-10-2008, 12:10 AM
Green Broke

That did make sense, thank you. I was just looking on craigs list and saw her, I'll have to see if I can find the add again.

I didn't know they had implants for mood control?
    08-10-2008, 12:11 AM
Green Broke
The implants are for their heat which can really affect their moods. We had some nasty mares even outside of their heats and it helped them. Amazing stuff.

Wish I could give it to some of my female coworkers!
    08-10-2008, 12:22 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Solon
The implants are for their heat which can really affect their moods. We had some nasty mares even outside of their heats and it helped them. Amazing stuff.

Wish I could give it to some of my female coworkers!

Hehe I know I could benefit from something like that too!
    08-10-2008, 03:38 AM
I agree with Jubilee Rose. I personally define "mareish" as a mare that I know. She usually pins her ears at other horses and does all the warning signs, but nothing more. She's also one of the top horses in the herd. But she's perfectly behaved with people. I'd just be slightly on my guard since it's a sale's ad and they might try to dampen the truth a little. ;)
    08-10-2008, 02:26 PM
Green Broke
I'm not sure if being marish and being alpha in the herd are necessarily linked.

I worked with a very marish mare for several months and it was very difficult to deal with! I haven't had to deal with a mare like her since, but every time she was in heat she was unbelievably cranky when she was ridden. She would pin her ears, kick out if you touched her, and refuse to go forward, refused to work, etc. The owners had the vet come out and look at her several times to see if she was in pain and he said it was purely attitude and a training issue (which is why I was 'blessed' with riding her). Her beginner owner started to get more and more intimidated with her and let her get away with more and more until she was downright dangerous. (it was a purchase that never should have happened in the first place). Plus in the pasture she was always flirting with the geldings, kicking other horses, kicking the fence, squealing, etc. Oh her good days? She was decent. Even for her student. But the moodiness was just plain not worth it. And they tried everything! Supplements, etc. Nothing worked with this mare. Yes, she was an extreme example, but after her, I had had it with mares!

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