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    04-21-2012, 11:43 PM
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Trained
I ave protective mare.

The mare that foaled the filly I posted about is being very protective.
The first day I could approach her and did in fact touch the filly but the mare get between me and the foal.
The second day she would only allow me within 10 feet.
Today she is even worse keeping her distance.
She is in a 25 acre pasture with 4 other horses and she will not allow them to approach either. They all have bite marks.
I need to get the filly used to humans and have the vet out Monday to give her her first shots.
I want to work with her for about a week to start halter breaking her and to allow me to catch her.
Any suggestions? Has anyone experienced this before?
This mare has been abused and took me weeks to be able to touch her and months before I could just walk up and pet her.
Jesus and Miquel cannot catch her and she will not allow them anywhere near her before she had the colt.
When they went out to look at the filly the mare trotted to the other end of the pasture. Shalom
     
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    04-21-2012, 11:49 PM
  #2
Started
Does she take bribes? If there is a treat that she really likes, you might be able to lure her into a pen or catch her and halter her. Just a thought.
     
    04-22-2012, 12:09 AM
  #3
Trained
Thanks sunny, She is immune to bribes or a scoop and a half of feed in the morning and at night.
I put her halter on when I noticed that she was getting close to foaling.
I did this becuase I did not know how she would behave after foaling.

I just noticed that I left the H out of Have in the title to this thread. Shalom
     
    04-22-2012, 09:42 AM
  #4
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If you have a small paddock or coral or somewhere you can put her and her foal (outside - not inside) so that she doesn't feel threatened by the other horses, put her there, get a lawn chair and sit there and enjoy some relaxing outside time. Assuming the horses are relatively "normal", the foal's curiosity will bring her to you without you having to approach the mare. Most mares are far more comfortable if you are stationary and the foal messes with you than if you are trying to come into their space and approach the foal...the object of the game with an overprotective foal is to be as non-threatening as possible. The more you do this the molre trusting the mare should become...
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    04-22-2012, 10:25 AM
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I meant overprotective mare..not foal, of course...duh...
     
    04-22-2012, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by dbarabians    
The mare that foaled the filly I posted about is being very protective.
The first day I could approach her and did in fact touch the filly but the mare get between me and the foal.
The second day she would only allow me within 10 feet.
Today she is even worse keeping her distance.
She is in a 25 acre pasture with 4 other horses and she will not allow them to approach either. They all have bite marks.
I need to get the filly used to humans and have the vet out Monday to give her her first shots.
I want to work with her for about a week to start halter breaking her and to allow me to catch her.
Any suggestions? Has anyone experienced this before?
This mare has been abused and took me weeks to be able to touch her and months before I could just walk up and pet her.
Jesus and Miquel cannot catch her and she will not allow them anywhere near her before she had the colt.
When they went out to look at the filly the mare trotted to the other end of the pasture. Shalom
Well here is a vote for mares foaling in stalls if I ever heard one.
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    04-22-2012, 12:42 PM
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Most of my mares are very protective of their foals for the first week or so, then relax and handling the foal becomes easier. Your mare has trust of human issues so it might be harder.
     
    04-22-2012, 01:01 PM
  #8
Trained
Thanks everyone.
When I catch her I do intend to take it very slowly. I don't want the mare to get the colt riled up and nervous around humans.
Once I catch her she will be going into a wlkin shed that fits 7-8 horses comfortably. The smallest pen I have is for the stallion and that is 3 acres. I believe in giving them plenty of room.
Ripper I see your point but we keep things as natural as possible here and it works well.
With over 100 head of cattle and 26 horses this only makes sense.
I put a halter on her a week before she foaled becuase of her trust issues and if I get close enough I can catch her.
This morning she did not come up to the feeding area but I did get to pet her after taking her feed to her. This afternoon I will take a lkead rope in case I get lucky again. Keep you updated and I have someone coming to take pictures and help me get them into the comuter and posted Shalom
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    04-22-2012, 03:37 PM
  #9
Foal
What shots are you planning on giving the foal so young? If the mare was vaccinated before foaling (30 days or so), and "assuming" the foal had a good IgG (which you won't know, I suppose), then vaccinations this young are not recommended. The foal should get passive immunity from the dam.
     
    04-22-2012, 06:00 PM
  #10
Super Moderator
Quite honestly I would not worry about handling the foal, let the mare accept that you can be around her without taking any notice of her, just hang out around them - the foal will be more curious than the mare and will probably come closer than her - eventually get them into a small pen and then work on catching the mare and foal.

I have bred and been around a lot of foals and when there has been a foal proud mare I just let them get on with life and bide my time before trying to catch either.

If you believe in being 'natural' then this is the way to go.
     

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