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Re: [RC] Mares Tying Up - Jim & Drin Becker

" There has been some thought over the years that estrogens might play some
role in tying up--but no one has ever been able to document it.  So when
mares tie up, some folks say, "Oh, she's a mare," but when a gelding or a
stallion ties up, people try to look for the real cause.

I'm really glad this subject came up as I just returned from my vet after having a meeting with him on what changes to do for my mare who had a really bad tie up 4 miles into a ride last October . I am seriously considering spaying her as it is a cost effective procedure and my mare although she was not in heat at the time of the tie up has very strong heat cycles and will back up to a fence and kick and kick at the other horses across the fence even though they are doing nothing so I am always worried she will hurt herself . Her mother is exactly the same way . Do any of you guys ride spayed mares in endurance ? Do they loose any of their competitiveness ? Or change in any way EXCEPT for the good ? Except for her heat cycles this mare is wonderfull to ride and be around .
Drin Becker
Mtn Region


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