My friend has an OTTB mare that is a shameless hussy when she is in heat. She has to be dragged in from turnout because she is busy peeing, dragged out of her stall, dragged down the aisle. She stops and pees when you turn her around in the crossties, squats when you brush her, when you do her feet, unload her from a trailer, squats when you tack her up, hussies her way around to the indoor, pees on the way to the mounting block, squats when you get on, and will stop when you use your whip or kick to squat and pee.
She's fine when she gets going and she never gets grouchy but it gets old. I don't think Regumate would be an option for the owner (expensive) but she would like to hear about other options.
Last edited by enjoytheride; Jul. 12, 2009 at 10:17 PM.
A friends mare is worse than this and they give her what would be the equivalent of a birth control shot. And one of my trainers mares we put a special bead in her shoulder. I don't remember what it was called.
it's not the edge of the earth, but you can see it from here
A vet really should reach in there and check things out. A palp and ultrasound are damn cheap in the grand scheme of diagnostics.
Diet changes can help. A low starch/high fat diet has been show anecdotally to help some mares.
Magnesium supplementation, & Vit E. RRL does help some mares, but you can get it a heck of a lot cheaper than Mare Magic. (any bulk herb place)
Biorelease Altrenogest is a shot that can be given IM just once or twice a month, without the dangers of handling Regumate, but with similar effect. I want to say I paid less than $30 for two doses last year--I was using it for breeding, and using the 10 or 12 day one... vet was looking into using it on racing fillies because it was so much more economical and less dangerous to the humans.
Spaying is becoming a more reasonable option.
Interesting observation about *behaviour* above. Something to think about. My stallion does not exhibit sexual behaviour when wearing anything but his breeding halter. He may call and strut all he wants in turnout, but is not allowed to 'trash talk' when being led or worked. It is an interesting twist to think that a mare can and should be handled the same way.
My marey-mares are all broodies, so I can't blame them one bit. It's their mission in life.
Please discuss with your vet first, but my mare has had similar symptoms (though not as severe), but one a month a flood gate would open and the flirting with the ponies would commence.
I put her on Depo -- a type of birth control, that has eased her temperment, and has shut down her need to let the flood gates open. My vet recommended because it isn't as severe as Regumate. She gets a shot once a month.