You must tell your poor son not to take it personal...normally...especially when kept in a stall with no room to roam...the mother can become over protective...and usually will only let who has been spending regular time with her near the baby....dont forget...if they were outside...she would be able to move around more freely ...she is probably feeling a little trapped right now and is on high alert thinking she has to protect the baby....im sure she is wanting to stretch her legs and can get bored...the baby is hiding because he senses from his mother that there must be something to hide from...the only thing you can do at this point is try to spend as much time with Foxy as you can...the rest will follow...can you let her outside for some fresh air and sunshine at all?even for an hour a day? She is prob feeling very cooped up and frustrated...if the temp isnt going down to low I wouldnt worry about the blanket....he will grow an adequate coat as nature intended...right now the main thing is gaining Foxy's trust again and making sure she is secure:) if that makes any sense at all...Im kinda rambling...LOL
Thankyou for your reassurance and it all makes perfect sense - keep it coming
. We're putting it down to baby hormones with Foxy and what you said - protection and cooped up. Today was freezing, and still windy but not quite as fierce. My husband was working there all afternoon, finishing off (and starting more) paths and hard standings, and getting the "baby paddock" ready for when it's a bit warmer. Electric fence ready to be plugged in (on low of course - Fox won't go anywhere near it so I don't even bother to turn it on just for her - we now just need the foal to respect it the same). I spent a couple of hours in the stable today, and mum and baby didn't seem as bothered.
My son and his girlfriend came down tonight and we had another hour there - the little man was trying his hardest to move his mums treat toy around the stable (forgot my camera though
) and kept stamping on the floor and then bending down to see if there was a treat there. It's a rolly boredom breaker that has a hole in it and treats fall out when it's rolled, so it was funny to see him stamping on the floor, then bending down to see if there was a result! So cute......
Fox was much calmer tonight, only paying us any interest when she heard a dog bark - and my son held the foal halter collar while the little one had a sniff and a nibble at it. We're just going to do that for a few days, rubbing his face while he's occupied with the halter before we go any further with him. He certainly doesn't seem nervous again, just curious, but keeping mum in sight.
Hopefully, it should be getting warmer this week (snow and freezing temps at the minute) so i'm hopeful for a trip outside