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Best Smarpak Supplement Addition for Mares?

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  • Best Smarpak Supplement Addition for Mares?

    Hi all! I just bought a new mare in February who is ramping up her cycles for Spring, and I think it's worth pursuing some sort of supplement to help with her lady times. She is getting more sore than other mares I've ridden at that time, and if there are certain geldings in the ring, getting her to focus is a major challenge. It's sort of funny now how hard she studies them and wants to be around them under saddle, but I have a feeling it will become less funny at a horse show or clinic!

    I am currently giving her Smarkpaks, and would like to keep life simple for the place where I board and just add more into that strip. Since there are lots of different options, I was wondering if anyone had one that has worked particularly well?

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    I like straight magnesium such as Quiessence or MagRestore. Not sure if you can get that in the paks.

    Otherwise check for the one with the most magnesium along with the herbals in it.
    "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


    • #3
      Regumate. It is a pharmaceutical and it just shuts it all down. Also lets you figure out what's hormonal and what's a training whole or unrelated pain issuem


      • #4
        I go back and forth with this. Is she just distracted or getting wild? When my mare is sore I leave her alone. No ridding. I sympathize with her. If I don't have to do anything, like work, when I have REALLY bad symptoms I won't.

        If it's just distraction then I ride through it with exercises to keep her attention on me. If she's sore for a day or two leave her alone or do minimal things. If she's wild to the point of dangerous a smartpak supplement won't help.

        I am not trying to be rude but nothing drives me up the wall more than people who supplement and/or use prescriptions to force a mare to work like nothing is wrong if they have discomfort during their cycles due to some show agenda.

        All that said, my mare can be anything from volatile to just blah when she cycles. If she's volatile I leave her alone. If she's pissy I keep it simple. If she's blah I keep it entertaining. She's always distracted if left to her own devices so keeping her guessing is part of an everyday ride for me.


        • #5
          The thing about Regumate is that it shuts down the cycles so that the mare isn't going into heat and therefore isn't experiencing any discomfort. Kind of like human birth control pills shut down ovulation and can be useful if people have very bad cramps.

          I put my mare on Regumate two summers ago, because she seemed to be getting really angry under saddle when in heat. I didn't love the idea of hormones, or the price, but it was part of a problem solving tactic to see what was bothering her. She calmed right down. Last summer and this summer, I didn't resume it. She is back to being forward, cheerful, a bit distracted, but not particularly angry at me, during heat.

          If she went back to angry after I stopped Regumate, I would have done more diagnosis on reproductive issues. However one summer seemed to get us over whatever was bothering her about me.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
            Regumate. It is a pharmaceutical and it just shuts it all down. Also lets you figure out what's hormonal and what's a training whole or unrelated pain issuem
            I agree. I recently put my normally sweet, non-marish mare on Regumate. She was on radpberry leaves but as soon as spring started, she was just one hot mess. Spring brings on transitional heat cycles which can make them very uncomfortable and last up to 2 months. After 3 weeks of dealing with a grumpy, unfocused, difficult horse. She was balking and kicking out to the point where she kicked the boards in the arena. I spoke to my vet and decided the best route was a few months of Regumate administered daily, orally. Injectable can cause some not so nice side effects.

            Within a week, I had my sweet mare back. I will take her off it when show season ends.