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post #1 of 6 Old 09-14-2007, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Help my mare personality changed after being at Breeders

My paint mare after she came back from the breeders for the second time and got beat up by the other mares, has come back home to being the alpha mare, she never was before. She was actually the sweetest and the most gentle. She is a maiden mare but hope she is pregnant now. What the heck happened? Any of the other horses do something that she doesnt like she spins around and starts kicking at them, whether its eating by her, I am haltering up another one, whatever. I have heard that she is probobly pregnant because her mood has changed so much. What happened? Will she go back to the way she used to be? How do I calm down this now bossy, crabby mare? :roll:
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-14-2007, 02:28 PM
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it's called hormones....just ask my husband, i'm nearly 5 months pregnant

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-14-2007, 10:35 PM
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lol! I agree. She was spoiled in order for them to be able to breed her so she thinks she deserves extra attention.I'm sure it's just temporary! Plus,i hope she's pregnant! We had a baby this yearand ut was born on mother's day! We got to see it happen! My mom was SO happy! Our 1st baby!
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-15-2007, 09:59 PM
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A couple of things could have happened. (or maybe several) It's called herd dynamics. ALL herds have an alpha mare. Even if it's only one horse (and you) or 2 horses. Herd dynamics change all the time. They will change if a horse is added (or taken away) from a herd. They will change if an alpha mare starts to get older, sometimes a younger mare will rise up and take her place (sometimes not) It's possible that in the "herd" that she was in at the breeding facility she was alpha. Then when she came back, she had confidence in herself and decided to be alpha within her new (old) herd. They could just be "scuffling" around due to her comming back to the herd. I have had mares get "cranky" due to being pregnant, but usually that is near the end of their time, they are hot, bulky and just cranky due to the extra weight etc of the foal. Generally they don't have attitude changes at the beginning of the pregnancy. I would have a vet confirm her pregnancy, not just go by "mood changes".
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-29-2007, 11:29 AM
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It sounds very mare-like to me!

My mare came back the same way. She had not had any fights with anybody when with the stallion, but before I sent her there, she liked to boss the small ones around, and when she came back, she began bossing the rest around as well.

She's not the alpha mare yet (she's only three years old), but I'm pretty sure she will be in the future.
And I'm also sure that her temper has changed due to the pregnancy. Another mare did exactly the same thing last year. She even changed her temper towards people. Both mares have changed from the day they got pregnant.

And I'm pretty sure that's what happened to your mare as well.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-01-2007, 12:23 AM
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Yes like the above post she just changed her temp because of the pregnancy, (ask KANSAS TWISTER) lol. Nothing to worry about
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