Alot of you know my mini mare, Cookie! She normally is quite sweet and I can do anything with her, such as clip, bathe, clean her udders, whatever without a problem. Now that she is pregnant she is a WITCH!! She is 176 days today and honestly, the minute she became pregnant, she has been like this. She lets me brush her, but as soon as I try to touch her with my hand from the withers back, her ears are pinned and she will think nothing to throw a foot at me! Do I tie her and FORCE her to let me touch her? Her udders, her belly etc? I sure don't want to annoy her, but I at some point am going to want to feel whats going on with her! What should I do??
poor cookie! She must be miserable and confused about what's going on with her. (as much as you are) Give her a little space and do what she'll let you do. I have a few like this, and trust me when i say, it'll all change again as she gets closer to foaling....she'll be back in your lap begging to be scratched and loved.
Hi Joyce, I agree with Diana's comment. Force is rarely the way to go with any animal training. Restraining her won't bring lasting results and she won't be trusting of you now and even more importantly, after she foals either. The bigger picture is to not take it personally ( as we humans tend to do)and let her pregnancy take it's course. The more stress free she is now, the greater likelihood of her being more approachable in months to come is!! You could try a few tricks such as breaking her feeds up into smaller amounts more often and as she'll be pleased to see you, on some, not all, occassions, work further down her body. You're still a while off foaling, so I really wouldn't worry!
When I was pregnant I HATED being touched..I think some horses are the same. It is not that she doesnt like you anymore she is just ultra sensative. Roxy bacame that way and still is around the flanks. You could try doing two things. Safety first if you have a training stick (the kind natural horseman use) rub her all over with it. That way you get used to touching her with an extension of your arm but the safety of some distance. If she starts to move while you rub just drift with her and quit rubbing as soon as she stops. That way you are rewarding her by quiting when she stops.
Secondly I got this great link the other day for basic horse massage. Wonderful for bonding. Even if you just start with her front half where she lets you touch and then work inch by inch back if she is relaxed enough. I did this with Roxy and she loved it.
Parelli, do you think that during your pregnancy when you "hated being touched", that if your husband touched you with a stick instead of his hands, that would have made the situation better? Would you have been more accepting of the stick? She doesn't need to be trained, she is usually very sweet. It is an emotional/hormonal issue, not a training issue....LOL And if she doesn't care for being touched right now, massage is probably not the answer either.
Thank you all SO MUCH!! I'm so glad I shouldn't be aggravating her! I will just continue to scratch her neck that she loves and not worry about any place else! She is at day 177 today!! I'm so excited!!!!!
No Diana it isnt Parelli it is just a way to gently touch the horse without putting yourself in harms way. I am not suggesting to train her just offering an idea that I think might work if Joyce did want to get closer incase of being kicked. I guess if we are going to use analogy I would liken it to using a loofah or massage stick on ourselves. I dont want to upset anyone with my suggestions as they are just that suggestions. Lorrie x
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