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    How does your mare act when she is in heat?

    Not sure where to put this.. I think it would go here. Lol. I know when most mares come into heat they can get a little attitude. I've seen mares get really.. ah, nasty and mean. And some not really change at all... but none like my walking horse. She is kind of a ill mare all the time. She listens, but you don't want to let her get by with anything. Or she'd walk all over you. She's don't want to leave the barn, and I have to hold her back on the way home. She don't like being petted or brushed to much, she could care less about my affections. Lol. BUT when she comes into heat she does a complete 360. She LOVES getting petted and brushed. She'll lay her head on my chest and leave it there... she's not excited to go out on a trail and she don't care which way home is. She'd rather just stand around and get attention. She is the nicest horse ever when she is in heat... Has anyone ever heard about anything like her????! My mom worked in a breeding barn and never saw a mare like her! Its not just a few changes, her whole mind and attitude changes! She's 18 if that makes any diffrence...
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    wow i have never heard or saw anything like that. ive seen them get kind horses get mean, u have seen horses get about the same just a little harder to control but never heard of a horse getting kinder.
    guess u hear somthing different every day

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    I think it's odd that so many people say that mares get fractious when in season.

    I've found all of them easier to ride and handle when they are.

    Mares which I used to compete always did better when in season. It can be a bit embarrassing if you get too close to another horse whilst walking.

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    This is Weasy and she is the same with people or horses. Wants to be touched.
    Pandora and Mickey no real changes in attitude.
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    I never know when mine is....Seriously. When we were breeding her we'd have to give her a lutalice(sp?) shot to bring her into a raging heat(which has some scary side affects...she was fine, just looked scary).

    The only way I can really tell is when she goes to one of her corners and lift her tail but nothing would happen(wasn't trying to go to the bathroom). But her attitude doesn't change towards people or other horses. Though she does become a bit more afectionate to people, never grouchy.
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    My mare Stern is atrocious going into heat but gets 'lovey' and laid back when she's released the follicle. When she's bred she gets so lazy she lays down to graze and rolls over to new grass when she's mowed one spot bare.

    Ruby is sweet as pie until she's bred, and then gets crankier as the pregnancy progresses.

    Hormones to wierd things to them, seems like every mare is different. I think there is a market for horse-sized Pamprin.

    Good luck with your girl!

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    Lol. At least she's not the only weird one around. When Star comes into heat I can't tell, when Brandy does she gets a little more spirited. I know its diffrent in all mares... But Crystal just has such a drastic change! Its hard to think of her as the same horse when she's in heat! Lol!
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    I think we are very fortunate...none of our mares' attitude changes much at all while they are in heat. With some of our broodmares when they are in-foal (and they are all really nice to be around in the first place) but they really turn into little kittens... following everywhere, always wanting your attention, soaking up all of the brushing and rubbing that they get, etc.

    It pretty interesting to see how each mare acts in different situations.

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    Polly is a 4 legged midol commercial, she gets grumpy and sour, esp when she's going in. Freedom isn't too bad, just pees alot, and she nips at Polly sometimes (Polly is boss mare)
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    My Appy mare Skookum gets antsy when she's in heat, and any male creature (donkeys, mules, even GOATS!) will pique her interest. Actually, walls and whatnot also get her loving affection too, rubbing her butt like she has wormss or something.

    When my mare Jewel is in heat (and hers tends to coordinate with mine and we both PMS at the SAME TIME) hoo boy is she cranky. She and I end up in this horrible battle of tempers with anything we do.

    One time we both got really mad at eachother, we had a fight where she was threatenting to bite me (and this horse never bites) and I was threatening to "knock her a good one"... In the end I just let her loose and kicked her in the butt and told her to get her cranky **** out of my sight before i came back with a broom to finish her off. She bucked at me as she trotted off, ears pinned. About 5 minutes later when my angry-pms wave had washed away, I felt so bad for being so short-tempered with her, and went back outside to say sorry with some carrots...and she was standing outside the door, head down, looking at me as if to say she was sorry too.

    And, PMS'ing and all, it made me cry lol. Gotta love them lady hormones, eh?

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