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    01-23-2009, 02:44 AM
Crazy out of control hormones???

My mare has always been a bit on the spirited side... and by spirited I mean dominating, bitchy, backstabbing (can horses do this, I swear they can...) nasty, moody, sometimes aggressive... I've always managed to keep her under control. However, she is now four months pregnant with her first foal. Ever since the day she came back from stud she causes trouble at every oppurtunity.. being a downright bitch, stirring up other horses for the fun of it, she has since become exhausting to ride, it feels like a wrestling match!! She is completely explosive at the slightest touch, and has become so disrespectful. And we're only four months in, god help me!!

The only thing I can think of that has caused such a massive change in her personality is (1) obviously pregnancy.. and as this is my first foal as well, it's all learning for me but I assume as with people hormones can go a bit crazy... and (2) when she got back from stud we had a new horse, a quiet agelic mare. Before this my mare had lived on her own for about 4 years where I was her only company...

Desperate for some opions of others?? I'm about to begin horsemanship lessons with a fantastic trainer.... but I'm curious as to other people's experiances in similar situations, and what happened???
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    01-23-2009, 06:34 PM
It does sound like hormone/new situation problems. This is her first foal and she's feeling "changes" that have never occurred before. The new mare is a factor because she didn't see her before she left and maybe she thinks you've "replaced" her or that this mare is taking over "her property". I have seen some mares that get cranky/mean when they're pregnant. I would google and read up on some things. If you do have a good professional for advice around, I would seek advice from them. She'll eventually get used to the other mare and calm down some.
    01-23-2009, 07:45 PM
My mare did that too when she had just returned from the stud. She's in her 7th month now, and I'd say it was around the 5th or 6th month it FINALLY started going away...I know what you mean though! They can be down right nasty!
    01-23-2009, 08:27 PM
Hopefully there's some light at the end of the tunnel!! It worries me because I don't want her teaching her foal to be disrepectful towards people as well...

With the other mare, its a bit of a funny situation because if I do anything with the new one first, my one goes galloping around calling going crazy like she's trying to stir everything up, mum thinks she's jealous. But then if I work my one first and put her back in the paddock and she's cranky.. she goes straight over to the new mare ands it looks like ( I know horses don't really do this) but it really looks like they put their heads together and have a good old bitch, standing there giving me dirty looks. But they're inseperable when I put them in 2gether...
    01-23-2009, 08:46 PM
Horses are notorious for that LOL. Sometimes it can be dominance issues amongst eachother. They can't figure out/settle who's the boss.

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