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    06-21-2007, 05:11 PM
Green Broke
Change in behaviour

Hi guys/gals,

Well if you don't know already, Meg went away to stud earlier this year, beginning of April, was in season as soon as she got there. Thus currently in foal.
Well, her behaviour has changed. :roll: And I can't get my head around why. Before going to stud, she was the alpha mare (if you like) in her field. Wouldn't tolerate another horse near her, could be quite spiteful. Now one of the mares she currently shares a field with is the alpha girl, and the roles have become reversed.
Aswell as this, she panics if the other mare leaves the field, squeals, screams, runs up and down the fence, getting herself all worked up. She's not left alone, there are always other horses in as well, but she seems to have developed feelings or bonded with this one particular mare. She calls for her all the time. It reminds me of when a foal is starting to be weaned.
Does anyone have any ideas? Or can you explain whats going on in her beautiful head?
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    06-22-2007, 03:55 AM
Iv seen this happen to some mares at the racing stable I used to work at I think its just them going clucky and attaching themselves to what ever they can
    06-25-2007, 10:27 PM
I agree with giget.
    06-25-2007, 10:52 PM
Hormones are wonderful things aren't they!!

I tend to agree with the above by giget, your mare is finding her mothering instincts.

One of my old broodies attached herself to an old welshy that I had and would not let another horse near him either in the paddock or if they were out riding together. She was an absolute alpha mare, but if welshy wanted her feed, she'd just step back and let him in. It all changed once foalie arrived and she went back to being a cow to everyone except her foal.
    06-25-2007, 11:25 PM
Iv seen a horse do it to a new born lamb she got a bit confused and chasd the mother sheep away and kept piching the little lamb into the air with her nose trying to get it to stand
    06-26-2007, 03:15 AM
Green Broke
Aww thanks everyone.
I was beginning to worry, but you've all put my mind at rest.


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