Tuesday, September 8, 2020

theHorse: Why are Mares Marish?


Is your mare "marish," even "bitchy"? Does she exhibit behavior that you associate with her cycles, and being a mare? Turns out much of this behavior has a completely unrelated cause. 

In mares, unwanted and nervous behaviors often get blamed on estrus. However, that’s often not really the cause. Dr. Jenny Biehunko, on theHorse.com, explains.

Listen to this 3-minute podcast excerpt to hear the latest about what clinicians have learned about marishness.

Click here to listen.

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Another article on theHorse.com addresses this issue in more depth: Is it Estrus or Something Else? The article looks at everything behind mare behavior, including causes of marish behavior, whether estrus or something else. It gives a good idea of the range of possibilities, and the need for each mare owner to evaluate her specific mare. It's not as simple as you might think.

Click here to read Is it Estrus or Something Else?

Photo of crabby horse: Takuma Kimura from okayama, Japan / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

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