We have a lot of work to do with our girl. She is afraid of everything! This includes donkeys, cows, goats and electric fencing.
She's not at all afraid of dogs, tractors, quads or other horses. In one way, she's been super sheltered. On the other hand, she's used to being lead around by someone riding a quad and she's used to being in confined and cluttered spaces.
When we first met her, she was tied to a hitching post with barely enough room to stand. She had two fans blowing on her; another draft mare right next to her getting her feet trimmed; a row of lawn chairs with people sitting in them behind her as well as a pallet of shavings. She was also really close to a refrigerator that people were in and out of. None of this fazed her. We bring her home to wide open grassy pastures and she is terrified of everything.
Our acreage (about 10) is probably the most wide open land she's ever been on.
She lived in a hilly small paddock with nine other draft mares. Here, she only has Forrest and about nine acres to roam around on.
She is being difficult to catch and she walks all over us when we lead her.
We have work to do. She's a sweetie, but she needs time to relax and continued exposure to all the "dangerous" animals that live around us!
What are your long term goals with her? Did you go wanting to buy a pregnant mare? Have you had any foaling experience or a good vet who can be on call should the need arise?
She is a pretty mare, I am partial to Clydesdales. If I didn't own Percherons, that is what I would own, only black and white. She looks good and just be firm with her when your walking her, let her know your boss, she is to follow. Did they do anything with her, like riding or driving? Seems like she has a great new home...lucky mare!
We were not seeking out a pregnant mare, but we were looking for a draft mare for my husband.
I have prior foaling experience and horse experience (stock type horses), but my husband does not. My experience was years and years ago (late 1980's). We currently live within 15 miles of a large equine veterinary facility that has a repro vet on staff. We also have a couple of mobile vets that will come to our place--once of which I've met. Hubby wants to have them both out to see which one he is more comfortable with. One or the other will confirm her pregnancy as we did not have her checked during a PPE. She was checked a couple of weeks prior to our purchasing her by the previous owner's vet--but we did not see the paperwork. I do know that she was pasture bred.
The previous owners did not break her to ride or drive. She was strictly a halter horse. Our long term goals are to potentially breed her once or twice more to another Clydesdale and trail ride and show her in local open shows and/or possibly breed shows on down the line. We have similar plans for the offspring.
Draft weanlings and yearlings tend to be a rather fugly group. Evaluate the bone structure and confirmation but don't get hung up on the overall presence of the colt just yet. She and Warwick might be a poor match but you won't know at this stage. Posted via Mobile Device