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Maiden mare being very aggresive towards others

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Terri Berwanger
Nursing Foal
Username: Terrib

Post Number: 20
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 12:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Right, my husband has a concern about our maiden mares expecting her first foal. She is in a field with a 2yo filly and they have been together for about 2 months. Previously she was in a field with an Alpha mare that is acutally very kind towards others, but they have to be repectful and stay in line. Anyhow, she has ripped up 3 rugs on the 2yo filly as feed time approaches. I am not concerned as if I can be quite honest, the filly really does ask for it. I think my husband is more pissed because we have to buy new rugs. But, his concern is that she will be aggresive to her new foal and not be a good mother. Anyone have any experience with this?
 

Emma
Yearling
Username: Emma

Post Number: 76
Registered: 09-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 03:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I don't think that will be a concern Terri, natural instinct kicks in. But i wouldn't keep another horse with her once she has had the foal, she may turn even more aggressive to them.
 

Kim k
Breeding Stock
Username: Kimk

Post Number: 199
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 04:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

sometimes it seems that a aggressive mare towards other animals tend to get overly protective with their babies and will go to the extent of hurting the baby trying to protect them. Just be cautious.
 

Anonymous
 
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 08:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Our "nasty" mare is a wonderful mother! The only problem we have is getting her to let us handle the baby without having an absolute fit. We don't turn her out with any other horses when she has a foal as I believe she would cause bodily harm to any other horse that even looked at her baby.
 

Terri Berwanger
Weanling
Username: Terrib

Post Number: 21
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 12:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks guys. I have 3 mares and the only reason she isn't with them anymore is because I had to bring the other 2 in already as they will be foaling soon. She isn't due til the end of April. I will have to leave her on her own then anyway as her foal won't be big enough to play with the others yet. I was just trying to be nice and give her a little company and she's been out with Heidi(2yo) before.
Thanks
Teb
 

Lisa Weir
Yearling
Username: Pals_pal

Post Number: 99
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 06:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've seen a good many mares that behave exactly as you describe. One even dictates who can stand next to whom in the paddock. Total control freak....but when it comes to babies...she's the best mum ever.

I've only ever seen two mares hurt their foals...the first was kicking out at a horse far away on the other side of a fence and the foal got behind her at the wrong moment. And the other foal came too close to Mum's feeder, so she kicked him in the head. He was much older and she was a nasty piece if work. Both foals survived, relatively undamaged.

I wouldn't panic, but just keep an eye on her for the first couple of hours. That will let you know how she'll behave.
 

Anonymous
 
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 02:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I too have an aggressive mare and keep her by herself now. She is excellent with people just not other horses. Tends to corner them and kick the crap out of them without letting them get away. She had her first foal last spring and was an excellent mother from the moment it was born. Not only that she will nuture all the foals in the pasture with her. Just doesn't like the big horses.
 

Kim Winter
Yearling
Username: Clafairy

Post Number: 88
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 08:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare is being rather aggresive too - but to me! She is on her own and I thought that that might be why but my mum went and fed her for me yesterday and said she doesnt know whats wrong with me, my horse was nice as pie, really friendly! So its just me... Oh dear! Ill see what she like today, maybe its just mood swings?
 

Terri Berwanger
Weanling
Username: Terrib

Post Number: 26
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 12:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Isn't that just awful when they start being horrible to you! Mine are getting a bit grouchy now as they get on in their pregnancy.
An update on my aggressive mare. She is back out with her pregnant friends and coming in at night now with the others. She is so happy. She isn't the Alpha mare in that group and seems happy not to be. To be honest the 2yo filly is really annoying to other horses, just one of those types. She is in now too and is going to be broken so i think doing something will make her a little less annoying!



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