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        03-11-2013, 03:33 PM
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    Yearling
    Spaying isn't even a valid option. Since its so invasive and costly
         
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        03-11-2013, 03:49 PM
      #12
    Showing
    I honestly don't see this as a hormonal issue. My best friend had a little 14hh Arab mare who had hormonal issues and had to be given shots (don't remember if it was Regumate or something else). Without the shots, she was bat-crap crazy. Not just disrespectful, but seriously dangerous (charged my best friend down repeatedly when she'd go to clean her stall and became VERY attached to our other friend's Arab gelding, to the point of driving other horses and people away from him and having an absolute fit if someone entered his stall (they were neighbors). The BO made the mistake of putting a mare next to Cassie and Cassie ended up bowing the tendons in her front legs from repeatedly charging the fence.

    The OP's mare sounds simply like she's decided she's the boss. All her behavior is typical lead mare/dominant behavior.
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        03-11-2013, 09:23 PM
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    CSS
    Foal
    Thank you all so much for the responses and feedback. And thanks for the kind words about Star. We miss him terribly.

    The people that sold us the horse came out to our house this evening and brought their trainer. This is going to be a case of teaching Covergirl who is boss. Drafty, you hit the nail on the head here. She is nervous about her new digs, but she also doesn't respect me or my wife and doesn't look at us as her "boss".

    The trainer rode her, closed himself up in her stall while she ate, groomed her, pulled her tail, etc. She knows him. No pinned ears, no backing up, nothing. She respects him and it was clear that he has "boss" status with her. He showed us a few things to work on with her and within 30 minutes, I was in her stall with her and she was fine. She pinned her ears back when I first went in, and I grabbed her bridle, gave her a firm tug and she was fine.

    He is coming back tomorrow to show us some groundwork exercises. She was at their ranch for 3 months and was a great horse. I talked to her original owner who had her for over 5 years and he said the same thing. Great horse, respectful, smart, loves kids, great reiner. I know this horse is going to be great here. It all comes down to being the boss.

    If you get a chance Google her grandfather "Smart Chic Olena" and her great grandfather "Smart Little Lena". Her bloodline is spectacular. Again, thank you all so much. Anymore advice is certainly appreciated.
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        03-11-2013, 09:30 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Sound like she wants you to move your feet. You need to move her feet.
    Mares can get moody, but she needs to learn she can't do this around you.
    She's winning!
         
        03-11-2013, 10:15 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Another thing to remember is don't show her any fear. Horses like other animals can sense if you're afraid of them.
         

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