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PMS Mare
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Deb    Posted 04-17-2004 at 16:48:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a 5 year old mare. She is sweet, affectionate and very gentle. I really like her-- BUT, when she goes into "heat" she is like Dr. jeckle and Hyde. You cannot ride her, control her or approach her. I'm even afraid to go into her stall during that time. As soon as it passes, she is again the best.
What about regimate to prevent estrus? What do others do? What is the cost-- is it prescription?
Folks have suggested breeding her-- she had a foal last year and was not difficult during the pregnancy. We don't really want to breed horses. We just have 2 for pleasure riding. I'm willing to breed her if I can still ride her occasionally without having this every 21 day madness.
Someone else said putting a copper pipe in her water dish will help.Has anyone heard of that?
I'm desperate enough to try anything. Can anyone help me?
Thanks in advance. deb


screaminghollow    Posted 04-18-2004 at 00:46:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of our first horses had the same problem, and in her seven years, she has broken several of her keepers' bones. She was an incredible sweetheart most of the time and would turn mean in seconds. After she busted three of my ribs, the vet checked her and suggested surgery, the equivalent of spaying I guess. We sold her to a trainer, who said he could straighten her out with some hormone therapy. That SOB then sold her as a riding horse for a 10 yr old girl. Poor girl ended up with a broken femur. I ran into the horse again a year later at a horse dealer's farm. Darn witch, wouldn't leave me alone. Kept knickering to me, and kept rubbing against me to have her ears scratched. When I left, she pitched a fit and ran along the fence as I drove out. She even jumped the fence and tried to follow me down the road. I walked her back. Three times, the dealer told me I could have her free, that he couldn't "figure her out", No thanks! It was a real shame. I suppose she eventually ended up as Alpo.


Michael M    Posted 04-17-2004 at 23:01:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Deb,
Try the copper pipe in her water, and also you might get a copper bit for her. I have been told by a couple of trainers, and one really good one just this week, that a copper bit for a mare, used every time that you ride her, can greatly reduce PMS. I have one that I intend to use on my mare after she foals. I figure it can't hurt anything. Good luck.


cowgirlj    Posted 04-17-2004 at 17:50:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Deb. I can tell you that YES, Regimate is a prescription, and it is VERY expensive! We have clients at the clinic who use it on thier breeding mares. Regumate costs $252.00 per liter at our clinic. I'm not sure what the dosage is. I have heard there is an implant proceedure that you can try. I believe the implants are Glass or plastic marbles that are implanted in the mares uteris, making her body think it's pregnant, therefore she doesn't cycle. Have you talked to your local Vet about your problems with her? Maybe she has a hormonal imbalance that needs to be addressed. Your Vet can run some blood tests and determine what will work best for your mare.


collie    Posted 04-17-2004 at 17:16:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Deb up here in Canada you can buy a herb product called Moody Mare. Have not used it my self but a girl I know uses it and swears by it.


cowgirlj    Posted 04-17-2004 at 17:55:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would caution the use of herb products though. Be sure to research the ingreedients thoroughly before using herbs. They are not all good for humans or animals even though they are "natural".
Not to knock it Collie. It may very well be a wonderful product! I'm just a firm believer in being knowledgable when it comes to herbs.


Deb    Posted 04-17-2004 at 19:34:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks everyone. I am taking it all to heart


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