I just know at the racetrack mares stitched, are usually done for windsucking – (ie as they leave the starting gate you can sometimes hear them.) Jockeys will alert the trainers that she is windsucking and suggest that they should have her stitched. It can also improve their performance, reduces vaginal infection and reduces the possibility of colic associated with windsucking. We’re wondering if any barrel racers have experienced this (windsucking) with their horses and if it has any affect on the urinating during a run.
The feeling on the track is that some mares when they do come into season don’t perform as well and hence there are some trainers who don’t want mares. (Erica has stated the opposite with her mare in Mares vs Geldings) Regumate is used to prevent them coming in and some horses don’t exhibit any difference so they don’t need as much or need it at all.
I know with all the mares we’ve had there was no difference at anytime with them – and the 2 we have now, the only reason we know they are in season is them standing at the fence tormenting the stud. They haven’t competed yet so we’ll see if it has any affect on their performance once they are being hauled, etc. But other then standing at the fence teasing, they are no different than the geldings and are treated the same. I’m afraid I never heard of “acting like a mare” until just a few years ago – and yes, I might be new to rodeo and barrel racing, (who the heck is she?!!
) but have been involved with horses all my life and am learning all the time.
All your comments are genuinely appreciated and are sure interesting. Thanks.
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