Just looking for a little advice here.
I have a 10 year old Standardbred mare who is in foal to a Clydesdale stallion for a november foal. I bought her about 3 months ago, so already in foal. When I bought her I was told that she can be a little foal proud when the baby is on the ground.
In the last few weeks, she's started to show her pregnancy more and her temperament is changing too. She was a sweet little thing when I first brought her home, but now she is becoming borderline aggressive.
She will not let me touch her flanks or anywhere approaching her udder without kicking out at me. She has times where she just plain doesn't want to be touched and if I dare go in to give her a scratch she will pin her ears at me.
At this stage, I am dealing with the aggression the same as I would with any of my other horses. It's just not tolerated. She gets a good whack if she tries to bite and the same if she tries to kick. This keeps her in check for the most part.
What I am wondering though is - Is this the beginnings of her becoming foal proud?
And then of course, the question is, do I handle it the same way with the baby on the ground? As I am assuming she is quite possibly going to get worse then.
And because a pregnant mare thread is always useless without pictures....