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?
Did You Know ?
Horse lovers across the nation, celebrate today each year, July 15 as
I LOVE HORSES DAY! It is one of their favorite “unofficial” holidays.
This day pays tribute to, and honors, the horse.
Bingo is such a sweet horse with a real desire to make you happy. He has been showing western pleasure and English equitation for many years. However, that is not his favorite thing to do. Bingo would prefer to play. He loves trail courses because he has to use his mind to figure them out. He loves entertaining himself, he’s a real ham!
So, when my daughter said she was going to teach Bingo how to bow, I thought he would enjoy all the extra treats but would never actually learn to bow. I was wrong!
He loves it and it’s just one more game he gets to do before he has to really work. Bowing also helps loosen up a horse and keeps them limber.
Here’s how to teach your horse how to bow.
Start out with a treat, showing your horse what you have. Take the treat and hold it down near your horse’s knees. When he understands that he needs to look for the treat down below, start bringing the treat back so that it is in between his legs. Continue bringing it back until he needs to bend down and bow in order to reach the treat. It may take a few sessions to teach him, but if you add the voice aid to bow, he will soon learn what you want and start bowing when asked.