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post #1 of 6 Old 05-13-2012, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Mare doesn't work when in heat..

So, my mare is three years old and I started riding her in Feb this year because she was so small last year I didn't want to hurt her. She was easy to break in and everything, but as soon as she goes into heat it's like she forgets everything and we go back to square one where she was fighting the bit and wanting to constantly back up and won't even lunge at a walk. No one can do anything with her.. Except for brush. It's hard to even saddle her when she's in heat.

She wasn't like this when she was first being trained but after a couple months she started acting up. She's my baby girl and I don't want to hurt her, but I know it's best to teach her right from wrong.

Like I said, she knows her manners on and off the ground, but when in heat it's like nothing has been taught to her and it frustrates me a little and hurts me from all the hard work I've put into her in the last few months. If someone could help me out here, that would be great! I don't want to send her to the trainers because she's the first horse I've ever trained and I want her to be good all the time.

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-13-2012, 01:46 PM
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My mare completely forgets her manners in heat. As soon as I turn to reprimand her, she knows she's in trouble, but she still tends to slip up. Some mares are just bad when they're in heat.

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Like I said, she knows her manners on and off the ground, but when in heat it's like nothing has been taught to her and it frustrates me a little and hurts me from all the hard work I've put into her in the last few months.

Might I suggest not being so quick to be offended by a horse that isn't listening, it only sets you up to get more frustrated and that is poor handling Perhaps during the time she is in heat, just do things that will require her to work, but not to as high of a level as when she is not in heat. Like just walking that day, or just take her on lead line walks so that you can constantly remind her of her manners and keep her in her place. As she get's older and more stable minded (she still has a very young mentality), then you can begin to demand more of her at all times.

My mare is six years old, but when she's in heat I still generally do low-level work just for more ease on my behalf But just because they're in heat isn't an excuse to let them walk all over you; just don't set yourself up to be in an easier position to be walked on.

Hope that helps :)
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-13-2012, 02:30 PM
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A mare in heat faces the same concepts as a human on her cycle. Their hormones spike for the sake of breeding, and tend to be on edge because instinct demands only one thing - reproduction. Which is why it's good to follow the above advice! :)

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Might I suggest not being so quick to be offended by a horse that isn't listening, it only sets you up to get more frustrated and that is poor handling Perhaps during the time she is in heat, just do things that will require her to work, but not to as high of a level as when she is not in heat. Like just walking that day, or just take her on lead line walks so that you can constantly remind her of her manners and keep her in her place. As she get's older and more stable minded (she still has a very young mentality), then you can begin to demand more of her at all times.
She walks perfect without the saddle on, but under saddle she doesn't turn to her left at all and will toss her head and she backs up. Like.. I know it takes time and all, and I have LOADS of patience for her, but yeah.. I don't have patience for her heat cycle.

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-14-2012, 05:43 AM
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I hear some mares get EXTREMELY sensitive when in heat, physically that is.
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