My mare's now a month and a half pregnant. She's recently started to behave weirdly. I tried to take her on a hack the other day and she refused point blank to go any further than a few metres up the road! I used to be able to take her out on hacks on her own!then today i tried to take her out of her field and she refused to leave the other horses. I don't want to tell her off as i don't want to stress her out! How can i get round this problem? Is it normal for pregnant mares not to want to leave the herd?
Pregnant mares are full of hormones. I was riding one of my mares, and ponying another (both are pregnant) the other day to get them some excise. The one that I was ponying WOULD NOT move foward. We would get about 20 steps, then stop again for abour 3 minutes. No way was I riding her and ponying the other, because she has an incredible talent for rearing vertically and still staying upright. So, anyways, I noticed behavioral differences in all of my prego mares
Rochelle, At 6 weeks pregnant, your mare probably doesn't have enough hormones in her system to severely affect her personality at this point. Was she running with a herd of broodmares while you were trying to get her preggo? Both my mares came back from the breeding farm a couple of weeks ago and had severe "herd mentality" from running with the other broodmares out on pasture. They were both somewhat herd-bound when I got them back but have "shaped up" over the last couple of weeks since I got them home. We have resumed their daily activities of pleasure riding, etc. The only thing I am probably being more careful of now since they are preggers is the heat factor. We have been having some really hot days here and I don't like for pregnant mares to get overheated.
At this point in time, I would say it is more of a schooling issue with your mare rather than rampant hormones.
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