We adopted a rescue mare who had just been taken out of a neglect/abuse situation. 6 days after we adopted her, she foaled a beautiful, healthy filly. About 6-8 hours after foaling, her personality changed dramatically. Before she foaled, she was a quiet, sweet, gentle mare. She then turned into a very aggressive mare and it has worsened since we put a gelding into the corral next to hers. She has allowed us free access to the foal until Zack (the gelding) came. Will this get better on its own when the baby is older or is there something we need to be doing now? (We have never had a mare & foal before and it has been years since we've had a horse at all.) Thanks in advance for your advice.
Jan Owen Senior Stallion or Mare Username: 1frosty1
Post Number: 1965 Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 05:25 pm:
Brenda~ Welcome to the board....first of all very natural for a mare to become hyper sensitive when it comes to her foal. I would move the gelding ASAP if at all possible to avoid any accidental problem, such as the mare stepping on the foal in he attempts to ward off the gelding or the gelding causing damage with kicking back and forth. In the wild the mare isolates her self from the herd for foaling and for the first days fo the foals life. Her hormones are raging. Hopefully she will calm down and begin to trust you with the baby and then she will be so glad for the baby to have a distraction when it gets to be a brat You can ususally get to a problem mare with a snack of grain to keep her occupied. Congrats on the foal..post pics if you can...get some information regarding nutrition needs to be sure that the mare is recieving adequate food. Jan
Thanks Jan. Today my husband said that the mare and gelding were getting along OK today (they had been pasture mates for several months at the rescue). I really appreciate your answers and information. We will just keep being kind to the mare and hopefully this will resolve later on when the foal is older. Thanks again! Brenda
It is my understanding that the hyper sensitive behaviors we see in our post foaling mares often subside after their foal heat which usually occurs about 8+ days post foaling, That makes sense to me because hormones from birthing and coming back into heat must normalize and then you have the mare you have always enjoyed with just the normal amount of protectiveness regarding her new foal.
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