How do you train your mares to work through their "mare days" and suck it up?
Lacey just started coming back into heat again after the winter and my, is she sassy! She's currently in the middle of her second heat of the season and I am just having a hard time deal with it. Last summer she was good all summer through her heats, but right now she's acting more like she did two summers ago when I first got her: all pushy, and rushy on the ground and "fast fast fast" undersaddle. I've been trying to go back to basics with her like I did two summers ago: when she starts pulling on the lead, I stop and have her back up, then repeat each time she starts pulling; undersaddle we've been doing a whole lot of walking. She starts booking it at the trot and I don't feel comfortable cantering her with the way the ground is at the barn and the way her balance is. I would just trot her to get it out but the girl can trot! If I sit it, I'm bouncing all over the place and that hurts after a while, and if I post, she starts trotting as fast as she can, and faster.
Over the winter she was just starting to consistently relax while being ridden and now, not so much. I just want my relaxed girl back! Seriously, she's 25, she should be finishing up the whole "wish to reproduce" deal right? Goodness.
I guess it's probably just the curse of a fit, happy, mare that knows her owner well.
Also, we've been going on long trail rides about every two weeks for the last 3 months, and that's her favorite thing ever. So, this behavior might have something to do with her wanting to go on a big ride and being POed that we're just hanging out at home, but that's still not a good enough excuse.
I probably have it under control, I mean, it's not like she's being dangerous or anything, she's just ready for anything and excited about whatever might happen.
But if anyone has any tips, I would distinctly love to hear them.
I'm actually considering getting some of that Mare Magic stuff, I don't even know.
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Rest peacefully, Lacey.