So spring is almost here! I'm obviously excited for the longer days, which in turn means more riding time.
What I'm not so excited about is my mare coming back into season. Most of you already know I own a default grumpy mare; to put things nicely, she's got a lot of 'tude. Luckily she's got good training to back her up.
She has been better in the winter in terms of being easier to catch and is less attached to her herd. She isn't buddy sour by any means at all, but she would much rather spend time with them in the summer, especially since her mare field is directly next to a field of geldings which she will flirt with. She will even present and pee in the barn (which she NEVER does except when in heat) if someone brings a gelding in. I spend all my time sopping up her little puddles every 5 minutes.
She is very easily distracted and can get even more grumpy than usual during her heat cycle. I'm an amateur rider who plans on showing this spring and it would be great if I didn't have to deal with so much of her moodiness and distracted behaviour for my first year while I deal with my show nerves.
Now I obviously know about some of your mare supplements to help with moodiness, such as Regumate or Mare Magic. My question is, are there are similar TRUSTED supplements or medications that do NOT need to be given daily? Maybe weekly?
The reason I am asking is because I board, and my horse is boarded outdoors. It's going to be a considerable cost different to have my BO give her supplements every day. They don't mind giving supplements to stalled horses since it's easy, but there is a catch fee for supplementing outdoor horses. It is also impossible for me to make it out daily as I have other prior commitments some days.
Now before you all jump on me for not being a good horse owner because I can't get out to feed my horse daily (just kidding sort of
, you know I love you guys), I am going to do what is best for my mare obviously. I am just trying to find if there are other ways of giving this sort of medication/supplement without having to do it daily. If not, oh well, it's not the end of the world.
Thanks for any feedback!