If you allow your mares to be moody, ill-mannered bitches then that is what they will be. I can tell you that there is no reason for a mare to act different than a gelding when you are handling them. If you think that kicking and squeeling is acceptable at any time then go ahead and put up with it. I treat my mares and stallions like geldings and that is how they act. If I need to tie a stallion next to a mare and either one of them causes trouble I deal pretty harshly with it. My mares are well-mannered all month long because if they were'nt then they would be spayed and be effectively a gelding. Mares get a bad rap because people think they have to act ill-mannered when they are in heat. It's not true.
There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill