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post #1 of 9 Old 09-21-2013, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Mare Magic

Have you tried it? Does it work? Did you use it on a mare or a gelding? We are considering using it on a mare and a gelding at our barn, but don't want to waste money if it's useless.
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-21-2013, 09:39 PM
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It's just dried raspberry leaves, if you really wanted you could find them at the store. And it really depends on the mare and what you want it to do. It won't hurt
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It's just dried raspberry leaves, if you really wanted you could find them at the store. And it really depends on the mare and what you want it to do. It won't hurt
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Well, the particular mare we want to use it on was awesome for a long time. Recently she started rearing, doing little bucks, nipping and kicking. Nothing is wrong with her. We've had her vetted and her tack checked (although it's not always when tacked, she was rearing while bareback) and they found nothing. Today she kicked the girl who has been riding her for 4 years, for NO reason. We were just hoping it would calm her down a little, possibly make her safer to handle.
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Have you had her ovaries checked out for cists or anything?

I'd be more likely to think it's something along those lines if this is a new thing. I've given mare magic to my old mare but she was always witchy and a bit hyper. I'd have yours checked again for hormonal issues.
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Have you had her ovaries checked out for cists or anything?

I'd be more likely to think it's something along those lines if this is a new thing. I've given mare magic to my old mare but she was always witchy and a bit hyper. I'd have yours checked again for hormonal issues.
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I'll bring that up to the BO.
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-22-2013, 03:48 AM
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We use Moody Mare and Ultra Calm from SmartPak. Love them - the combination works great.

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post #7 of 9 Old 09-22-2013, 02:05 PM
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I use Mare Magic on my mare, and I find that it is definitely worth the money. Even though it's quite pricey, it lasts forever on a maintenance dose, literally a bottomless pit. I have a 7 y/o mare who I have owned for 2.5 years, she had basically been in a field on her own a good majority of her life, with minimal human or animal contact, and none what-so-ever for the year before I bought her. She really had no idea how to interact with humans or other horses when I bought her, and I couldn't really blame her. She was very finicky with other horses being near her, still can be, but it used to be to the point I'd walk her past a stall and she'd try kicking the horse's head in. Riding with other horses was NBD, but if a rider brought their horse much too close my mare would kick/lunge/whichever end came first (I made, and still make others in the arena aware that she is a kicker and please do not come too close to her butt/face, some riders choose to ignore this) - this is something we are working on and has gotten loads better.

Bottom line, since I have stuck this mare on the Mare Magic she has been 100x better with other horses. She has always been a quiet mare in general, I could stick a baby on her and come back an hour later and they'd be exactly where I left them. She just really was not socialized as a baby and because of that she really appreciates her personal bubble.

I would definitely recommend giving Mare Magic a shot. Rule out any health issues first, of course.
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Well, the particular mare we want to use it on was awesome for a long time. Recently she started rearing, doing little bucks, nipping and kicking. Nothing is wrong with her. We've had her vetted and her tack checked (although it's not always when tacked, she was rearing while bareback) and they found nothing. Today she kicked the girl who has been riding her for 4 years, for NO reason. We were just hoping it would calm her down a little, possibly make her safer to handle.
Didn't read this before I made my post.

If this is something that has come up recently and for "no reason", get another vet out. Did the vet just look her over and say "she's fine", or did they actually fully check her out ..and I mean looking deeper into hormonal issues (cysts), maybe even chiro issues. If I had a mare whos issues popped up suddenly, I would NOT be jumping to a supplement, no matter what the vet said. I'd be getting a second opinion ASAP.
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I did try Mare Magic on Looby when I first got her and it made no difference to her at all.
In the end it was just consistent firm fair handling that sorted her out
Raspberry leaves are supposed to work on hormonal related problems - they aren't a sedative
The Ultra Calm that was mentioned does contain ingredients that can have an impact on behavior so is more likely to work if the horse has a deficiency in its diet - magnesium will also help clear up ulcers and ulcers will make a horse fractious
I would always look at possible clinical problems that might cause pain or handling/training issues before spending money on supplements
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