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post #1 of 29 Old 08-09-2012, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy What to do About a CRAZY mare.

I have had my mare foe almost 9 months. She is 7 years old. She recently broke my left hand and my right wrist, so my best friend took her in to re-teach her. My friend has been riding her everyday, and told me after two weeks of my accident that she acts different everyday. One day shes supper sweet and loving, the next day she could be a total butt. She is unpredictable. My friend also moved her three gelding to another far of location and she says she has acted better. Can someone please tell me what this means, and if you have any advice for me? I was hoping to take her to collage with me next year, but IDK now. I was thinking about breeding her to see if that would help, if its a hormonal problem. Selling her is out of the question, she is my first horse and I cant make myself sell her. Please help.
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post #2 of 29 Old 08-09-2012, 01:43 AM
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First off, I would put her on Mare Magic to help with any hormonal problems.

Second, look up the clinton anderson groundwork. People can roll their eyes and call me a Natural Horsemanship cultist if they would like, but my mare was absolutely dangerous like this when I first started showing her. The groundwork has totally turned her around because now she respects me. She hasn't had any dangerous behavior in months and I'm using her for kids lessons now.

You can find episodes to watch at www.downunderhorsemanship.tv . There is even an episode with a dangerous paint mare who is similar to what you are describing that he worked with.
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post #3 of 29 Old 08-09-2012, 01:49 AM
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First no don't breed her just to breed her. Second you could try a hormone supplement specifically made for moody mares to see if it helps however if you cant control her now by yourself witg her being used daily i don't think itd be a good idea to takr her to college where there will be times she may sit for a few days and you could end up more severely injured. On the other hand if the mare supp. helps then go ahead and take her. The thing is you need to look at your safety being a first time owner it may be in both if tour best interests to sell her to someone more knowledgeable and buy something more suited to your knowledge.
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I would NOT breed her. There are way too many unwanted horses right now. You would be making another one and it would likely inherit the mare's traits and learn her behaviors. So that's not the answer. I agree with the mare supplements but she also needs some ground work done. Clinton Anderson's Noworriesclub and his DVDs have been extremely helpful to me. I would check that out and start getting her trained right away. Or find a trainer who uses a similar method. Good luck!
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I would NOT breed her. There are way too many unwanted horses right now. You would be making another one and it would likely inherit the mare's traits and learn her behaviors. So that's not the answer. I agree with the mare supplements but she also needs some ground work done. Clinton Anderson's Noworriesclub and his DVDs have been extremely helpful to me. I would check that out and start getting her trained right away. Or find a trainer who uses a similar method. Good luck!
I was going to use my best friends stallion who is good natured, and a sweet heart for a stallion. The baby wouldn't be unwanted at all. My school uses Clinton Anderson, and I love his version. I will check out what he would do. I also Have done to much with her just to sell her. She may be my first horse, but I have helped my school train then, and I have been around them all my life. I just cant sell her.
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Oh goodness don't breed her! Mares give so much to the baby, especially when it comes to manners and behaviors. As someone who has worked with mostly broodmares and babies for the last 13 years, I can rightfully say that if you can't train and/or work with this mare, you will not be able to properly handle a baby. Having a baby will not "calm her down" as I have heard people say about moody mares, and a mare with behavioral issues and a lack of respect will not think twice about attacking a person if she happens to be a defensive and protective mother. Even the sweetest mares can be flat dangerous when her baby is involved. This year our sweet and loving mare(first time mom) stomped the resident pig to death for walking by her colt. That and threatening everything else has transferred to the colt, who now has killed three cats and chases anything smaller than him. I can hardly wait for him to be weaned and gelded. Thank goodness our dogs keep their distance from the horses. Babies are great, if you know what you are doing. They are so much better when they come from great mares.

You cannot count on the stallion to fix the problems you are havibg with your mare.

I agree with the above posters about the mare hormibe supplements. If you can't work with her, and won't sell her(I have one of those by the way), keep her as a pet. I make ample excuses for my pasture pet. She is so lucky to have me.
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I would agree that you should NOT BREED this mare. Even if you can find stallion equine Jesus don't breed your mare. She will raise the foal and she is not good enough in personality, training or breeding to warrant having her genes spread. I would also say that if this behavior is a result of handling then you will transfer those same habits to a baby. Work on one problem at a time and fix the mare first. If its hormonal try hormone supplements and marbling the mare.

For her, I would suggest you talk to your school before take her. They may not want to assume the liability associated with the mare. They may also feel its a good training opportunity.

If you can't sell her (by the way I think its unethical to sell a dangerous horse its better and safer to have them euthanized), than you need to find a trainer to help. Not someone who has trained their own personal using horse but a legitimate trainer and instructor. I suspect that it might be a combination of you guys.
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post #8 of 29 Old 08-09-2012, 08:54 AM
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I'm another one for Mare Magic. My mare turned into a horrid fire breathing monster once she started to pick up weight and she was on Red Cell. It was like night and day difference after she started on it. It takes awhile for it to build up in their system, about a week, so don't expect it to happen overnight.
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I think that you should consider selling her to a more advanced rider. Very few horses are inherently evil. Some are much more difficult than others. My mare has been very difficult; I have spent a lot of money with a professional trainer getting her to be civilized. If I were to put her out in the pasture unridden for several months, she would have to go right back to the trainer. You are going off to college. Your whole life is about to change. Why not give your mare a chance at a successful career? Your parents would like to keep you forever. Aren't you glad that they are giving you a chance for a successful life? I advise you to sell the horse.

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Please don't breed her, if your mare is tempermental then she could possibly pass these traits on to her foal. Breeding should be done to bring out and pass along the best possible traits.

A friend of mine bought a mare that she didn't know was bred. The mare was was very rideable but she was tempermental. The mare stomped her own colt while stalled overnight, it was very sad.

I like mare magic, my mare isn't very tempermental but I figured it couldn't hurt and might save her from the dreaded curse of being a chic

When I paid a friend to work with my gelding, I was outside with him everyday when he did roundpen work (he used CA) so that I could practice as well, watching the videos are great but having someone coach you through it is priceless.

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