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    06-05-2008, 10:26 AM
  #1
Weanling
In heat and full of it

What a rotten night Spree's owner had warned me that she was in heat, and that she shows some major attitude. Whew. During our lunging, she was completely stubborn, always trying to turn in the opposite direction that I had going in. When I'd ask her to keep going, she'd flatten those ears, kick out and then try to do it again next time around the circle. When I thought she was getting to a point of listening better, I brought out the saddle. It was like she'd never seen one before! She wouldn't stand still for a second, and after it fell off after I kept her moving when she wouldn't stand, she would avoid it like the plague while it was on the ground. I eventually got the saddle on, but when I went to tighten the girth (VERY slowly, it had hardly touched her belly) she reared up and backed away. I just kept working her on he lunging line, and it got to the point where I was actually a little scared, because she was not listening to me at all and instead of moving in response to my body language and where the lunge whip was, she was facing me, pawing and rearing a little. She was just acting incredibly pissed off and angry that I was asking her to do all these things.

I tried to end on a good note, having her follow me around without being on lead, but I honestly feel like I let her win because her aggressiveness was scaring me. I know it's mostly hormones here (or so I think), but I wasn't sure what else to do/try.
     
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    06-05-2008, 10:39 AM
  #2
Super Moderator
Mares! I use Mare Magic on mine and it seems to really make a difference in her attitude, and it's cheap. I read the reviews on the different mare supplements and they were so all over the board I went with a cheap product just to see for myself and even with it, you had people raving about how awesome it is and you had other people saying it was the biggest waste of money, but I see a difference, she's still a little tail swishy and witchy but she's not an evil monster... she's manageable... might be something to think about..... PMSING MARES! AHHH!
     
    06-05-2008, 10:46 AM
  #3
Weanling
Thanks farmpony. It's my first time being around a mare so much; I'm used to mellow geldings! I am seriously going to look into Mare Magic.

So, do you think I was a total wuss for calling it quits last night? I just didn't want to keep pushing her and have her fight back against me.
     
    06-05-2008, 11:06 AM
  #4
Weanling
I think you did fine by endin it. I mean even if you did keep goin and kept tryin to work with her and get her to do what you wanted, you would of made no progress. Sometimes you just got stop and end on a good note like you did and put her up for the day, just don't get into a habbit of doin this or she will start to think that attitude means no work.

You did do the right thing, but when the saddle fell off did you try just lettin her calm down in the comfort zone where she wasnt scared of teh saddle? You can try just lettin her calm down then just work your way to the saddle, and if she she tenses up then just back off for a sec. I know you should have to do this because she has probly been around the saddle alot, but sometimes horses can just be turkeys...

Hope it works out,
Brandon
     
    06-05-2008, 11:13 AM
  #5
Showing
Haha no, I don't think you "wussed out" because:
1) you felt scared, and that is never a good thing while being around horses. Sometimes you have to work through it, but sometimes it's better to just call 'er quits less you get hurt.
2) have you ever PMSed (if you're a girl) or have you ever been around someone PMSing (if you're not)? Um... if any other girl is anything like me, you stay well clear of me while I'm PMSing. I'm normally very sweet, but during "that time"? Uh-uh. And I will just resent you for bugging me during that time.
Soon enough she'll be back to normal. Some "mare supplements" are very good, but I can't recommend one, I haven't ever used them.
     
    06-05-2008, 11:19 AM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
Haha no, I don't think you "wussed out" because:
1) you felt scared, and that is never a good thing while being around horses. Sometimes you have to work through it, but sometimes it's better to just call 'er quits less you get hurt.
2) have you ever PMSed (if you're a girl) or have you ever been around someone PMSing (if you're not)? Um... if any other girl is anything like me, you stay well clear of me while I'm PMSing. I'm normally very sweet, but during "that time"? Uh-uh. And I will just resent you for bugging me during that time.
Soon enough she'll be back to normal. Some "mare supplements" are very good, but I can't recommend one, I haven't ever used them.
LOL, that's what I told my boyfriend when I got home. I was definitely disappointed that it had been such a crappy evening, but I was joking that I understood a woman's hormones all too well. I'm not the nicest person when PMS'ing, that's for sure. And YES! I often feel pissed off and resentful for anyone pushing my buttons during that time. Woman to woman, I understand. Her pasture mate has just returned from the breeder's too, and she's quite attached to Chance, so I'm sure that didn't help either.
     
    06-05-2008, 12:27 PM
  #7
Super Moderator
I definitely don't think you "wussed out" and you did finish on a decent note, it wasnt where you wanted to finish but it wasnt an all together bad experience. I am a total gelding person, I am so into geldings. My mare is actually my mom's "pet"... She decided suddenly at 53 she needed to own a horse and ride it, midlife crisis I geuss? Anyway she bought the pretty girl and rides her once every 3 months or so for 10 minutes and I get to deal with her the rest of the time. She's at my house. She definitely gives me a run for my money and I had the same issues with her, she was not enjoyably rideable at that time, it was always one big fight, that's why I opted to try something...
     
    06-05-2008, 12:33 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by farmpony84
I definitely don't think you "wussed out" and you did finish on a decent note, it wasnt where you wanted to finish but it wasnt an all together bad experience. I am a total gelding person, I am so into geldings. My mare is actually my mom's "pet"... She decided suddenly at 53 she needed to own a horse and ride it, midlife crisis I geuss? Anyway she bought the pretty girl and rides her once every 3 months or so for 10 minutes and I get to deal with her the rest of the time. She's at my house. She definitely gives me a run for my money and I had the same issues with her, she was not enjoyably rideable at that time, it was always one big fight, that's why I opted to try something...
I think when I eventually buy my own horse, it will be a gelding. I think they generally have more of a steady disposition. I've found that to be true with dogs too actually. My two boy dogs are the biggest, mellow loves, while my little lady dog can be a little nutty and high-strung sometimes. S

So the Mare Magic worked on your mom's horse huh? I already let Spree's owner know I'm interested in trying it.
     
    06-05-2008, 12:58 PM
  #9
Super Moderator
It's cheap. I got it from smartpak and you just add it to the grain once a day. It takes a couple days to kick in but she definitely mellowed out.
     

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