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    05-14-2010, 11:11 AM
Mare/new boarding stable with stallions


I just realized I haven't been on this forum in almost 2 years!! I would like opinions on this...

I just moved my mare this past Wednesday night to a new stable which is about 3 minutes from my home; lovely facility. She settled in to her stall quite well that evening. The next day she was turned out by herself, however there were other horses turned out in pastures nearby. She is ofcourse, going through the adjustment period. Here is the situation:

Last night I went there figuring I'd take her out, put her in crossties to groom her and then lead her around the facility. That didn't go so well. There are 2 breeding stallions at the far end of the stable in their stalls. They were screaming to her...her to them etc. I have no experience with stallions and do not know much about them. I had to lead her past their stalls to get her into the indoor arena. As I was walking her past them she tried stopping at their stalls, started to urinate etc. she's in heat (wasn't prior to the move, but I've read being around stallions can cause a mare to go into heat). She was quite obnoxious last night. She wouldn't focus much etc.

My question is....after the adjustment of a new place etc. will this calm down? I've been told some mares just go into heat more often if they are kept around stallions. This is a nice boarding facility, but if I have to move I will. I have never been in this situation before, so I am wondering for those who have how things panned out?

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    05-14-2010, 06:03 PM
...Just wanted to update!

My mind was at the barn today so I skipped out of work early and went there! I worked with my mare in the indoor, we lunged...we walked past the stallions stalls, we did ground work in hand and ended on a good note grooming her in crossties. She was 100% better then yesterday so I'm sure she'll adjust just fine! I guess it was my own nerves getting to me. I was worried it would be an on-going distraction but today proved wrong as she was focusing on working with me. It helped that I went to the stable with the attitude that everything would be good. I also noticed I really do better when I am completely alone and just one on one with the horse.

So that's it for now, we'll continue on with her training! Sorry for the dumb question in the first post, I should of figured she'd adjust and settle down...but like I said I've never boarded with stallions before! :)
    05-14-2010, 06:13 PM
Green Broke
Just as an aside, mares don't come into heat "more often" being around stallions, they are biologically predisposed to cycle roughly every 21 days. But they can certainly be more obvious about it when the boys are around! Glad it all worked out for you, and chances are you might from time to time have some struggles if you always have to walk her past the studs, when she is in estrus, to get to the arena - that seems like poor planning/arrangement? But then I guess it would be far more difficult to lead studs past stalls and stalls of mares, if housing them separately is not an option.

At any rate, it's good you sorted it out to your satisfaction!
    05-14-2010, 06:25 PM
First of all mares don't come into heat all of a sudden. This is acually called a fake heat. She is testing the stallions to see who is the stronger one for when she actually does come into heat.

Secondly if you talk to your veterinarian she can put a marble in her uterus. I'm not sure how much it is but it makes the mare think she is pregnant and therefore won't go into heat. This marble can be taken out though if you feel you would like to breed otherwise it will be permenantly in there (she can't take it out).

And Thirdly try using a rope halter or one with a chain so you will have more control over her. Normal nylon webbing ones are easy for the horse to push against and they can push pretty hard and get away. The rope and chain lead ones have more bite and it is harder to push against because of the smaller pressure area.

    05-14-2010, 07:06 PM
Indyhorse- Thanks a bunch! I figured I may have more struggles with it due to the set-up. My mare's stall is up closer to the main entry of the barn, the 2 stallions are at the far end in the last 2 stalls. Unfortunately there is no way to avoid their stalls when going to the indoor. The main barn itself is not huge (approx. 10- 12X12 box stalls). The indoor is huge, as is the outdoor. There is no additional barn there (for a place to house the stallions).

SugarPlumLove- Thanks!! I didn't know about the procedure that can be done on mares. I will look into that if this ends up being an issue (crossing fingers and thinking that it wont). I used a lead with the chain tonight and it worked just great! I didn't abuse it but definitely got her attention and was only there as a reminder the rest of the time I worked with her.
    05-17-2010, 01:18 PM
I'm glad to have helped!

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