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Do mareish mares make other mares more mareish?

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  • Do mareish mares make other mares more mareish?

    That is the question...

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    How many mares would a mareish mare make mareish if a mareish mare could make mares mareish?

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    • #3
      What is a mareish mare?
      Janet

      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Janet View Post
        What is a mareish mare?
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZHutpbVrwk

        Barn rat for life

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Janet View Post
          What is a mareish mare?
          A mare without manners.

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          • #6
            Maniacally manipulative and masters of mayhem, Mareish mares are in many ways mean.

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            • #7
              OP, "Mareish" behavior such as hypersensitivity, distractibility, "bi#chyness" (for the lack of a better term), or any other stereotypical "behavior" one might apply that label too, is most typically related to the personality of the particular mare (or a hormonal imbalance (sometimes with a medical cause)) and not likely to "cause" other mares develop similar behaviors.

              BUT... any horse (gelding or mare) can learn to emulate the behaviors of another horse if that behavior is reinforced.

              And, it is true that mares in close association will tend to "sync up" and begin to ovulate on a similar cycle.

              So you have to look at all the pieces to the question separately, because they are separate.

              I had once turned out my sweetest mare with a complete witch from hell, and she remained a sweetheart. The witch was put on regumate and became "stabilized" enough to function as a riding horse. That's just a difference in personalities.

              But if one were to turn out a group of mares together and allow them all to begin to behave badly due to a lack of good management skills. It might appear that the horses are all becoming Mareish, especially if they're all coming into estrus on a similar cycle, and an ill-mannered lead mare is dominating their behavior in some negative way.

              I tend to try to separate the ones that don't get along well, the intent is to create groups of compatible, people friendly, horses who don't try to hurt each other or act like idiots and hurt themselves. Coming up with "buddy" lists can be challenging at times, but it can be done if you have the patience to observe, and the required resources to make changes.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by alterhorse View Post
                How many mares would a mareish mare make mareish if a mareish mare could make mares mareish?

                Love it!

                I'm proud of my mare-ish mare. Other mares strive to be as wonderfully mare-ish as my mare! It's true.
                Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jenm View Post
                  Love it!

                  I'm proud of my mare-ish mare. Other mares strive to be as wonderfully mare-ish as my mare! It's true.
                  I enjoy mareish mares too. Mare's have been some of the most sensitive horses to ride that I have ever ridden, and in some cases I think they can really help a rider learn how to develop their sense of feeling as a rider, because a sensitive mare will let you know if you are asking for anything with any unnecessary severity.

                  Mares can be like zen masters that can teach a rider to live in the moment, learn to be aware, and be a part of that moment with the horse.

                  But some mares can become so distracted by their mare-ish-ness that their attention spans may stray beyond what ever subtle boundaries may have been expected in their specific purpose for their respective owner, and in those cases it is understandable that the owner might seek help with the horse, should it prove that the mare's qualities are to ingrained, even beyond any medical interventions. In those cases it is perfectly understandable that an owner may seek out a more appropriate companion, and better for the mare too I think, to move on to find a better purpose, one hopefully better matched with her own unique endowments.

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                  • #10
                    yea - say that 3 times fast

                    Originally posted by alterhorse View Post
                    How many mares would a mareish mare make mareish if a mareish mare could make mares mareish?
                    The problem with political jokes is that they get elected.
                    H. Cate

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by alterhorse View Post
                      I enjoy mareish mares too. Mare's have been some of the most sensitive horses to ride that I have ever ridden, and in some cases I think they can really help a rider learn how to develop their sense of feeling as a rider, because a sensitive mare will let you know if you are asking for anything with any unnecessary severity.

                      Mares can be like zen masters that can teach a rider to live in the moment, learn to be aware, and be a part of that moment with the horse.
                      This is SO true! I am a better rider because of my sensitive, mareish mare.

                      New clique: Proud owner of a mareish mare!
                      Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!
                      http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e350/Jen4USC/fave.jpg
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                      • #12
                        Alter horse you made me lol with your posts. I agree I have a mare who is very much a mare. One would not mistake that. She has taught me oodles and oodles though.

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