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post #1 of 22 Old 06-13-2013, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Evil Mare Rant

Well spring came, heat cycles started, and my distaste for mares has grown!

I bought this beautiful mare in late January. We test rode her in the night while it was snowing down the road. She passed with flying colors we even had a plow truck drive by her and drag the pavement throwing sparks everywhere and all she did was stop and look at it. We knew she was a little green but saw some great potential in her. Once we got her home we were in for a bit of a shock with how her attitude changed. She was no longer calm, cool, and collected but rather super "flakey". She would constantly grind her teeth, paw the ground to no end, whip her rear end around, spook at nothing, was head shy etc. We tried just telling ourselves she just needed time to adjust but honestly I felt like she was probably drugged up for the sale. So we worked with her just about daily and after about 3 months we saw great improvement. She stopped grinding her teeth, she wasn't digging her feet off (usually), stands nice to be groomed, not easily spooked. We even improved her on other things such as bathing, picking feet, bug spray! (those bottles are EVIL). I thought she was turning into the horse we were looking for and one I could see myself owning for a very long time.

Then it happened! Her first heat cycle. Our farm had newly acquired a gelding who thinks he is still a stud. He got placed in the pen right next to hers and that's when my nightmare began. He put her in full blown heat and she was disgusting. She would do nothing but stand next to the fence peeing on herself and him. If you would take her out of the field she would revert back to serious feet digging and just acting like a total nut job under saddle. She would scream to him literally the entire time. I came to the conclusion that she was just going to be one of those mares you cant do anything with while in heat. I moved her to another field with no studish geldings however that turned out just as bad. She got really close with a gelding (again not studish) and became super buddy sour within just a couple of days and once again taking her from the field was useless. So her heat started to come down and I moved her back to her original field. Things settled down and she went back to being agreeable. We had a few great trail rides and I rode double with a friend a couple times. I thought "ok I guess I can tolerate her being bratty when she's in heat". Things were great for about a week and then WHAM she was in full blown heat again! This time she started bucking which hasn't been a problem with her before and she pins her ears, kicks out and squeals, reaches around to bite you and just acts like a monster all the way around. So she has had two full blown heat cycles in three weeks and I feel like all the time and effort I have put into her has been wasted.

P.S. I have checked for other issues that may be causing her "anger" but nothing else is bugging her. we've had the vet check her teeth, switched up saddles, had her back checked, rode her in a side pull but nothing has any affect.

I am seriously starting to hate mares. Every mare I have owned has been a complete witch and I just don't enjoy all the attitude. She is by far the worst I have had. I have had geldings before and they are always so much more enjoyable. Their friendly and sweet and most importantly much more reliable and consistent. I am sure there are nasty geldings and sweeter mares but so far my experiences have just not been good with mares. I am about to swear them off forever. Sorry for my long rant but it feels good to just get it out of my system
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post #2 of 22 Old 06-13-2013, 02:06 PM
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Have you considered talking to your vet about trying to tone down her heat cycles with medication? She might also have cysts, which are causing her pain and making her come into heat more often.

I have geldings, but have ridden some absolutely lovely mares over the years. The majority of them were completely controllable when in heat, but I do know of some like your mare who needed something to help keep them on an even keep during their cycles.

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post #3 of 22 Old 06-13-2013, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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yeah I have heard about some of that stuff but it tends to be quite pricey. I will probably have to have the vet out either way to make sure she doesn't have cysts but honestly I am leaning more towards the hormonal imbalance thing simply because when the vet was out last he mentioned something about her udders looking a bit swollen and he asked if she had any foals before I told him no she was only a 4 year old. nothing more was said about it so I didn't really worry much about it until now...I know mares with hormonal imbalances can have some swelling and it would certainly explain her mental breakdowns. even when she was doing really great she would just have a day every now and then that she was a little insane. I just assumed it was because she was young but now who knows
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I heard Mare Magic works wonders
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post #5 of 22 Old 06-13-2013, 03:24 PM
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I would try her on Regumate and see how she does.

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Try Mare Magic first. The stuff is awesome but it is a hit or miss thing if it will work. Then think about magnesium supplementation. It helps allievate pain that is caused by the heat cycles which is sometimes the root of the behavior issues.

My mare had to remain on mare magic at all times. Long story short she ended up with severe behavior issues that turned out to be a magnesium deficiency so now no more mare magic and her cycles are very calm. She just squirts and squeals at everything but is still very respectful of people and listens just as good as any other day.
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post #7 of 22 Old 06-13-2013, 03:32 PM
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You could have her spayed. That would eliminate the problem without a lifetime of costly meds.

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Why not do her and you both a favor and sell her to someone who likes mares? Then you could buy a gelding and have no further issues. Mares are messy, can be hussies, vocal, opinionated and they're gonna do it every single month unless you spay or chemically spay them, and both of those options cost money.

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thanks guys I have heard good things about both mare magic and Regumate. I would like to try to avoid Regumate because it can be costly and all I do is trail ride really so I don't want to have to spend that much on meds all the time to keep her functioning regularly just for a trail horse. I also know a mare that was on mare magic and it didn't work for her. I know there is a whole list of supplements out there that are supposed to help with these kinds of issues so I guess its just a matter of trial and error until I find something that works well for her. This could be a long summer

apachiedragon, do you happen to know who much it would cost to get her spayed? Can a normal vet do it or does she have to be trailered to a specific location?
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
Why not do her and you both a favor and sell her to someone who likes mares? Then you could buy a gelding and have no further issues. Mares are messy, can be hussies, vocal, opinionated and they're gonna do it every single month unless you spay or chemically spay them, and both of those options cost money.
Yes I agree and the option is being tossed around however I believe I am dealing with a bit more attitude than your average mare here and at this point in time I don't know anyone who would buy her with her current issues and I am not going to lie to someone just to make a sale. I believe in being honest and want to make sure everything is going to work out best for both of us. Also I am ok with having to deal with it every month that's not really the problem. The real issue is she doesn't really have much in between time. It is NOT normal for a mare to be in heat two out of three weeks there obviously has to be some other factors playing in here other than her just being a mare. If I get her issues figured out so I at least know for sure what's going on then yes there is a real chance I will sell her and get a gelding but I want to do the right thing
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