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  • Mare suddenly very touchy
  • My mare is very touchy by her flanks

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    10-29-2012, 08:45 PM
  #11
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It isn't a mare thing.

You've ruled out pain.

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And as far as leading her at the trot goes, could it be the way I'm leading her? When I run in front of her (not like... in FRONT of her, but farther ahead of her) she seems fine. When I try to get her to trot when I'm running along side her, she pins her ears.
This makes me wonder if she isn't just paying attention to you.

Are your hands and seat quiet at the trot?
     
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    10-29-2012, 08:45 PM
  #12
Trained
I have a mare that's a bluffer. When I saw her at the sale and went up and looked at her with her owner, she was sweet, attentive and so on. When I went back to check on her after I bought her, she was pinning her ears and making the WORST caca face I've ever seen a mare make. Her owner was not there, so I decided insecurity due to new situation. I walked in carefully, she turned her behind to me and got popped with the halter real quick, she went into a corner and sulked. I put the halter on, lead rope and led her out and onto the trailer. I have not seen that caca face since. It's been 10 days since I bought her, she now comes up to me in the pasture, nickers when she sees me and so on. First time she met my husband......here we go....bluffing again. She now loves him too.

Unless their ears are pinned to their necks, and they're giving me snake neck and teeth, I don't pay a lot of heed to mares, they're all about the bluff.
     
    10-29-2012, 10:08 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by boots    
It isn't a mare thing.

You've ruled out pain.



This makes me wonder if she isn't just paying attention to you.

Are your hands and seat quiet at the trot?
I consider myself to have a quiet seat and hands. I don't bounce around on her back, I'm aware of seat cues, and I don't get in her mouth (or up on her face- I ride in a halter).
     
    10-29-2012, 10:13 PM
  #14
Foal
This is what she looks like:

     
    10-29-2012, 10:59 PM
  #15
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Sorry, I hadn't seen that someone else already asked about the saddle fit! XD
     
    10-30-2012, 12:52 AM
  #16
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I think she is just being a stinker. I have to say, that is one reason I have less incliniation to own a mare; they just have so much opinion about everything.
If she does it, you might try kind of suddenly upping the pressure with a "shhhhhht!" (and I dont' mean the cuss word, I mean the sound to make her scoot.) and if she goes forward nicely , reward her with a pet and a short rest.
     
    10-30-2012, 12:59 AM
  #17
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I think she is just being a stinker. I have to say, that is one reason I have less incliniation to own a mare; they just have so much opinion about everything.
If she does it, you might try kind of suddenly upping the pressure with a "shhhhhht!" (and I dont' mean the cuss word, I mean the sound to make her scoot.) and if she goes forward nicely , reward her with a pet and a short rest.
And if that doesn't work.....use the cuss word!
Sorry, couldn't help myself!!!!
     
    10-30-2012, 01:11 AM
  #18
Foal
She sounds 100% like my mare. My girl is very touchy with her sides, brush of the legs and we're gone! I had a chiro check my girl and he said she was perfectly fine, checked her saddle perfectly fine.

Knowing my girls personality, I take it as 'i'll do it but only because I want to NOT because you asked' she never acts up, no headtossing ect. I think its just her ego :)
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    10-30-2012, 01:28 AM
  #19
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I heard that some mares are touchy about their sides becuse when they are cycling, it's like they have cramps and their ovaries make their side sore to the touch.

Also, the mare , by nature, has to learn how to say "no" to the Stallion, time after time after time. His job is to ask "now?" and her's is to say "no!" except for that "special " time. So, mares get good at saying no.
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    10-30-2012, 02:00 AM
  #20
Yearling
My old mare was like that. XD
We ruled out pain issues and medical issues.
I could never tell when she was cycling and when she wasn't by her attitude, she was just opinionated and grumpy all the time. :P

I just accepted it, teased her about it, and moved on. If she acted on it, I reprimanded her, and she usually didn't try anything again. She was a good mare. Despite some of them having an attitude, I will always have a preference for owning mares over geldings.
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