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post #1 of 7 Old 08-25-2011, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Mares in heat :S

Anyone else has problems when your mare is in season?

My girl behaves fine, she is nice to ride but...

1) She rubs her tail almost every month in that time. It's seriously annoying! I would like to see thick, long tail but it seems impossible.

2) I have to go and give her little quantities of hay every hour - if I leave her with free choice she will make one big mess in her stable.

3) She goes crazy if she sees any male horse. She was in the field in the morning and neighbours went to trail and she saw a gelding she's in love with (he was like 0,25 mile away) and of course she went crazy. She fell while galloping the full speed on her side, then get immediatly back on legs and gallop some more. She didn't calm down for half an hour after he was gone.
If we would be riding together she would behave (ok, if she is before him she'll try to stop every few steps, but she goes forward in the moment I tell her to move), separation would be hard and she wouldn't want to go home.
I don't dare to imagine what would happen if we ever meet a stallion on trails...

She flirted with pony (gelding) that keeps her company at home, but he wasn't interested and she finally gave up on him :P

Any funny, weird stuff your mares do?

And if anyone has an advice on any of this problems I would be very happy to hear it (especially the tail rubbing).


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post #2 of 7 Old 08-25-2011, 08:17 AM
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Gotta love mares! I have one who's a total hussy. She'll back up to any horse when in- she's equal opportunity I guess. Makes her a dream to breed though, no need to bother with breeding hobbles. Our fella is a mild mannered guy and we usually hand breed but with the 2 of them I let them run together. He is more concerned with eating grass and she will back across a 3 acre pasture to put her butt in his face. Yep, hussy. She also gets cramps BAD when in so riding during her cycle is a no go unless you want to play rodeo rough stock. Fortunately she's a broodmare and I don't have to worry about her cycling again for awhile. She will get a year off after she has her foal in the spring and will probably be a candidate for a Regumate intervention :)
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Abby is..the worst..when she is heat. This spring, she was just super lazy and I would have to continually ask to trot if I wanted to go faster than a plodding walk and even then I would just get a couple strides before we were barely moving again.

Now she's been getting cramps like MHFQ's and bucks when I get on. She stops as soon as I get my leg over and is pretty okay during the actual ride. Occasionally, she'll buck if we are loping or something or she's just grumpy.

Yesterday she must have been ridiculously uncomfortable. She was really grumpy when I was brushing her, glaring at me when I was saddling her. I let her go in the arena to shut the door. I let her trot herself around a bit, then grabbed her and went to get on. Bucking fit. I couldn't get my right leg over and slipped. Sooo glad I have a barrel saddle with a high cantle that my arm caught or I would have fallen on my back next to her. Not good! I unsaddled her because I was trying to catch my breath and she was clearly uncomfortable and free lunged her a bit. Not only was she in crappy heat, she was definitely feeling her oats, racing up and down the arena bucking.

Another indicator is the slight raised tail. You wouldn't notice it if you didn't know her tail goes to her pasterns, not mid-cannon.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-25-2011, 07:34 PM
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I grew up with a mare that was very unpleasant during her heat. She would run full out from one end of 12acres to the other, stomp to a stop, scream, spray and start again. Riding her at that time was all about holding on...and picking a soft spot to land when your arms gave out. If there had been a drug option back then, you can bet she would have been taking something! She is the reason I have geldings.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-25-2011, 08:20 PM
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my friends that offered me a mare have perfectly behaved mares even in season haha simply because when the mare acts up or misbehaves while in season they work them twice as hard. Not sure really how it works but it does haha

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-16-2012, 07:10 PM
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I know this is an old question but I decided to answer anyway. In the winter my mare, a standardbred, is like a super hot tb! Then when summer starts she becomes slow. I mean you would think she's going to drop any minute. The days she is really, really in heat you are forced to ride with a dressage whip, a trainer yelling with a whip, and spurs! And you can only walk and's sad. She also squirts everywhere which means you have to groom and tack up outside. And it's hot, sorry to sound like a whiner. She also can't pass by any boy. You can't make her move if that happens. Then when she goes back to her somewhat pokey self during the summer. Then right before she goes into her later summer heat, she turns into a physco! I have a hard time riding her then. She is pissy and I get pissed at her and then she turns pissed at me. Later we calm down. But, being the owner of a mare certainly makes me feel like a teenage mom!
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-16-2012, 10:37 PM
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My old mare was as pleasant as you please while in season. Well, on the ground anyway. When riding her, she was a total witch! I got into the habit of lounging her in side reins when she was in. And heaven forbid that there be a stud or even a gelding around. My gelding had been cut when he was only 6 months and had never even figured out that he was "supposed to like girls." I was riding him while my friend lounged the mare and as we come around the outside of their circle, she stops dead from mid stride at the trot, squats, cleans and winks at him!
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