I was just wondering something. I have an 18 year old broodmare who has skipped the last two years on foaling. This year she looks fantastic and is in the best shape since I bought her in 2005. When I've taken her on trail rides she has energy to burn. She actually has almost too much energy. I was wondering if when a broodmare who has had in the neighborhood of 7-8 foals, takes a couple years off, if they convert all that energy they gave to the foal to themselves, thus giving her energy to burn and making her more nervous. She is not totally unmanageable, but seems to sweat and have a hard time settling down on the trail, which was unlike previous years when she was in foal or nursing a foal. Have any of you noticed something like this?
Jan Owen Senior Stallion or Mare Username: 1frosty1
Post Number: 2461 Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 07:39 pm:
I know that high energy mares are high energy and when bred they "calm' considerably but they revert back to their orginal selves once the babies are weaned. I have a mare that can be ridden in a halter no problems when bred she just moseyes on down the trail but after that baby is weaned she feels good and we are off looking for hills to settle her down...she is going on 20 years young
Thanks, Jan. So I guess I bought more horse than I knew when I got her. She seems primarily hyper on trails and not as much at home, though she has her moments at home too.
I forgot to mention she gets a negligible amount of grain, like a measuring cup of grain so she will eat her Grow Strong.
So, would a thing like marbling calm her back down?
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