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    06-25-2012, 07:43 PM
Mean Mare

For about 4 years, we have had a gelding (Major) and a mare (Millie), both Walkers. The gelding had been foundered before we got him and the mare had been neglected.

Recently, we decided to get another horse because Major is getting older and just not able to handle multiple days of trail riding. We got another gelding (Big Country) and immediately the mare became mean to him. She starting biting him, peeing on him and just awful. I decided to take her to a local trainer that would work with her for a few days before we left on a long weekend ride. He agreed that she was aggressive and mean to his other horse and even moved her to another field. We picked her up Friday and along with Big Country and headed to camp for three days. She acted fine with Big Country and the other horses. But when we got home, she went crazy again and now is being mean to Major.
I have no idea what to do.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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    06-25-2012, 07:51 PM
Put her by herself .
I either do that or they get to meet my gelding.
My gelding will kick a horses ass that challenges him but once they back down he's nice. I've never had a horse dominant over him before, he's really helpful
    06-25-2012, 07:54 PM
Is she actually causing substantial harm to this horse?

Selena is a total witch to everyone in her herd in a similar fashion. There is not a lot you can do for the herd hierarchy, but if you are really concerned or if she is injuring him or causing a lot of harm I woukd seperate them. If she is just being a pissy mare, chasing him around, biting or kicking but not doing a lot of harm...I would just let them sort it out.
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    06-26-2012, 10:50 PM
Peeing on him?? How does that happen? Is he lying down or what? If you just mean she squirts wee when he's around her or sniffing her nether regions, that is actually likely to mean she is in heat & wants him! Does she squeal at him?

As for biting, this could well be just normal dominant horse behaviour. If she's not actually doing him harm, aside from a few nicks, if she doesn't keep after him relentlessly when he's already heeding her, what you're taking for mean may be perfectly natural horse behaviour, how a dominant horse does tend to behave when new horses are introduced to the herd. She may also feel the need to protect your old boy.
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    07-03-2012, 09:27 AM
Mare Magic

She could just be going through her "special time". Some people feed their mares "Mare Magic" or a product similar to help their mare stay calm through their "special time".
    07-03-2012, 09:46 AM
Some mare are more hormonal that others. The heat cycle is about 3 weeks, building to the day she is in standing heat and ready to be bred. She may display all sorts of behaviour as the cycle gains momentum. It is up to the geldings to look after themselves as this is part of herd dynamics. If you separate her you may find that she hurts herself trying to get thro the fence, not to get at the others but to be with them. In the wild, horses that get separated live in dread fear of being a predator's dinner.

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