Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Northern Florida
I have two mares and a filly (although the yearling filly doesn't quite count in this topic). The barn owner has two more and another boarder has one. The other boarders mare is a witch when it comes to feeding because she's allowed to be but still quiet when handled and ridden. All of the other mares are quiet when handling and when being ridden. It doesn't matter what time of year it is. Laela was in heat this week. She isn't acting any differently than what she usually is (except for making googly eyes at the geldings over the fence and squirting). One of the barn owners mares, who is ridden by her 10 year old son, and competes in mounted shooting knows exactly what her job is and does it. No ****yness, no acting out, she just rides. She's also a wonderful trail horse too. Not saying that these mares are perfect. They try you sometimes, but not anymore than any gelding would.
I've been seeing a lot of discussion with people having issues with their horses and a lot of times when it's a mare the first thing that comes to peoples minds is "Is she in heat?" Who cares!! It's a horse. When people are having trouble with geldings it's always chalked up to not enough or bad training, bad handling or pain. Why is it different with mares. I'm sure their are certain individuals that do have issues when in heat but in my opinion, very few. I think way too much is blamed on that when it's usually another issue. Like not enough training, incorrect handling and such. My horse Star pulls back when tied all of the time. It's not because she is a mare, it's because she has learned to do this. My Star is more standoffish and aloof, Laela loves to be around people and her filly is just like her. They all have different personalities no matter what gender they are.
The biggest jerk on the property here is a gelding. The second biggest jerk is another gelding although they are both getting better.
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Last edited by LoriF; 08-08-2017 at 12:40 PM.