Took Belle to the Blue Ribbon Horse Show this weekend. Briar and Belle did great, they are still getting used to each others. However, they are quickly becoming a strong team. They entered Showmanship, Hunter under saddle, English Equitation, English Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure and in all classes they walked away with first and seconds! At the end of the show she received High point in English Novice, great job to the both of you!
Wow its hard to believe we have had Belle a little over two months. I wasn’t sure what to expect since we have never owned a mare. Like everyone else we have heard the horror stories about mares . They are crazy! They are Hormonal ! They are Moody! They are Dangerous!
When Belle arrived she was on a Hormone replacement Regimate that kept her from going into heat. The product is expensive and can be dangerous to female owners if touched. However, it works great at keeping mares calm and even by blocking their cycle. I have no issues with people using these products. I for one could not afford to keep her on it all the time and I also prefer to avoid giving things that may or may not be needed all the time. I’m more of a naturalist and believe that less is better for both humans and animals.
Now, we have had her through two heat cycles and yes she is a bit distracted and flirty. Right now this is not a problem but come show time, it is possible this maybe be an issue. She also kicks in her stall when she wants out or attention. However, this could be to the difference in schedules and once she gets in to a routine this may lessen. Even with the banging around, once you enter the stall she stops and if you take her out she walks calm and relaxed. It’s purely attention seeking. Other then those two things Belle is so sweet and willing to learn. She’s not afraid of anything that we can tell. She has been up rooted from her cool green home in Michigan and dropped in what must be hell to her here in Arizona’s barren desert in extreme heat.. She has been exposed to lots of strangers, welding fences, sheep and other sounds that are probably strange to her. Through all of it she has not batted an eye. She just waits for direction and appears to go with the flow.
I’m so happy with Belle and know she is going to be the perfect horse for Briar. I’m just amazed that I almost passed up on Belle because she was a Mare. I think we need to stop passing around so many horror stories about Mares and start focusing on their good traits. I’m sure some of the stories are true and Mares can be difficult. It’s just the way the female body works! Although ,with good health, proactive owners/trainers Mares can be just as rewarding as Geldings.
I’m curious what other Mare owners think? Do you keep them on hormone treatments 24/7 or just during shows? If you use replacement therapies are they natural or synthetic? What works best for you?