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        04-07-2008, 07:21 AM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Once had a mare that tried to lead me, lead her with a lunge line, put the rope up and over her nose, and every time she barged past me or tried to take me for a run, I yanked her head back, not hard enough to hurt her, but enough to tell her that it wasn't acceptable what she was doing. I only had to do this a couple of times, than she led like an angel.
    As I said before, her ground work is brilliant on her good days, and that she is very inconsistant so I doubt ground work will help her at this stage...? Today she was fab and she may be fab for a week straight but then one day decide nah this isnt for me!

    She doesnt tow me from the floor...when I said she runs off with me I meant on her back and not in the way you will immediately think. She doesnt speed up, she simply sets her jaw, puts her head up and goes forward, and there is very little I can do.

    I believe this to be again HORMONES as she isnt like this all the time.

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    Complete agree with kim_angel, enough unwanted horses out there enough as there is. This resulting foal may end up one of them if something doesn't go right.
    Again, this was just a suggestion and the foal would be wanted, I rescue many horses and have a strict pattern of events that lead to the horses having a fabulous home and a contracted aggreement that all horses will return to me to be rehomed if it does not go to plan for the new owner.

    Plus I would most likely end up keeping the foal as I have always said I would...so no worries there!!!

    What I was trying to get out of this post is-
    Do people agree with me about it being hormone related, and does anybody or has anybody gone through similar with a mare of theirs??

    Also when I mentioned putting her in foal the idea was to get peoples thoughts/experiences on whether this will actually settle her hormones and help to regulate her cycle? NOT whether I should or not as that is my decision....if it will help her then I would do it! She is a graded mare with both the dutch wb society and the british sport horse society so she was to be a broodmare at some point in her lifetime anyhow!

    Thank you,

    Elz x
         
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        04-07-2008, 09:26 AM
      #12
    Trained
    OK, Maybe its better if you can grab someone closer to you or give your vet a jingle. I never meant to ruffle any feathers here. I'm just taking a shot in the dark. I know I can be a flaming......well ya know.... when my hormones aren't right
    And my boys are geldings. So I wish you luck!
         
        04-07-2008, 09:46 AM
      #13
    Showing
    I don't have problems with my mares during estrus but it really sounds like this may be a problem for your girl. Ask your vet about the regu-mate. I have looked into it for a mare I have that is still lactating 2 years after her foal was born. Its kinda expensive so be prepared.
         
        04-07-2008, 11:57 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I don't think that putting her in foal would be a good solution to this problem, if it's hormone based. I knew a girl and she had a mare that was an absolute sweetheart when in foal, but as soon as that baby was out, she was back to her bad-tempered self.

    Unless she going to be kept in foal all the time, I don't think that having a foal will mellow her out effectively.

    ETA: I'm trying to say that I don't think it's hormone related, but behavioral. Just being a bad girl because she thinks she can get away with it.
         
        04-07-2008, 02:09 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Dumas'_Grrrl-

    I didnt mean to get arsey just felt like the replies were a little irrelavent and not what I was trying to get out of posting! But thank you!

    Do you guys think that it is right for a mare rising 7yrs to have only had one proper season though? This and the behavioural problems are why I believe it to be more hormonal than anything else- I know she can be a cow at times anyway but nothing like this and I know I havnt changed how I am with her. I am still as assertive with her, still very consistant with her...but I feel like she's not the same horse!
    She was easy as a 5yr old but this is plain horrid as I never know where I stand with her from one day to the next! Think a vets opinion would be useful- thankyou!

    Elz x
         
        04-07-2008, 02:51 PM
      #16
    Foal
    This can be a hormonal problem. For verifying or denying it you should make a vet check. It's necessary anyway, before you put her on foal. Mares with higher testosteron level can act like this.

    This also might be a behavioral problem which can be solved by educating them.
         

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