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    04-19-2012, 08:58 AM
  #1
Yearling
Mare Attitude

So a lot of you guys know that Hunny had her baby. Well her attitude has changed and I honestly can barely stand it. She wasn't like this before, and her 'tude and new way of acting is driving me up a flippin wall!

She has become pushy when leading always trying to hurry to her destination even when Sugar is right next to her and in sight. She has almost bowled me over while leading, again baby was right next to her and she knew it. I got on her in the arena to walk around quick and tried to get her to foxtrot, HER FORM WAS AWFUL. For the first time in ever riding her, it was the most uncomfortable ride we have ever had. At this point I'm not going to ride her for a while and am just going to ground drive her to build up her back muscles again and get her form back. She is super pissy about that too! She has never shown attitude like this before. Oh and another thing, she spooked like crazy yesterday when I went to put the saddle on her. She has NEVER spooked before about it. She was pulling back hard and almost made poor Sugar fly. She is also being incredibly stubborn about her feet. I used to be able to tap her canon and she would lift her legs so I could pick them out. Now it is more of me having to shift her weight, then working to get it up, after that I hope I have it up long enough to clean it because she will try to stomp it down and has almost caught my fingers a few times. She almost kicked me yesterday when I was cleaning out one of her hind legs.

Is this attitude normal for a mare after giving birth? Because quite frankly I dread going to see her right now because her attitude and mannerisms are making her irritatingly unbearable. I just want to know what has happened.
     
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    04-19-2012, 09:14 AM
  #2
Banned
How long ago did she foal? For the first several days she's probably still going to be a little sore and I'd wait at least a couple weeks before putting her back in work.
When they have a baby their maternal protective instinct is very strong and sounds and noises that never bothered them before suddenly do bother them now. The mama is on guard so every new noise she'll figure out what it is and determine if it's a threat and if it is then she's going to be booking it away from there to protect her baby.
My mare is still a little antsy when she's tied up, she's just constantly moving even with her baby right there. They just get nervous. I wouldn't let her get away with being pushy...when she starts to come into your space back her up hard away from you.
After a few weeks she'll relax and not worry as much about the foal.
And how she's being difficult with her back feet, she could be sore in her hips or back still, so I'd just give her time.
     
    04-19-2012, 09:41 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Sounds like she is pre-occupied with having a little one.

Manners are ALWAYS necessary .. but show her some grace until she's over this "new baby" thing...

She'll come back to herself soon....
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    04-19-2012, 10:40 AM
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Weanling
I would not be riding a mare that had just foaled........how would you feel it you were told to go for a run right after you had a baby.......

Also........her insides are trying to settle back into that big empty space the foal left.......mares are at the greatest risk of a torsion colic for the first month post foaling.........so riding her I think during that time might increase her risk.

I personally would let her have 3 months with her foal before you start riding again.

Super Nova
     
    04-19-2012, 11:16 AM
  #5
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Super Nova    
I would not be riding a mare that had just foaled........how would you feel it you were told to go for a run right after you had a baby.......

Also........her insides are trying to settle back into that big empty space the foal left.......mares are at the greatest risk of a torsion colic for the first month post foaling.........so riding her I think during that time might increase her risk.

I personally would let her have 3 months with her foal before you start riding again.

Super Nova
3 months? We start the mares back at two-three weeks after foaling. Typically in an enclosed area so the foal doesn't need to be haltered and led.

Curious where your stats are for the torsion colic.
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    04-19-2012, 11:19 AM
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Started
I personally was physically active within days of giving birth, including horseback riding. I see no problem with light riding a mare two weeks after giving birth. Light riding defined as mostly walking with a little bit of trotting for less than a half hour of total work and no more than twice a week. She would do more in the pasture by herself. Baby still needs frequent nursing so any work should have frequent breaks to allow her to nurse, which also gives her body time to rest from any physical exertion and that time would also add into her total work time. Every mare is different, she will let you know how much she can do if you listen to her body language, IMO.

Even though she may have a new baby though, that gives no excuse for lack of respect, IMO. If you are letting her get away with pushing you around and not listening, it will probably only get worse. She is a smart girl, it won't take much to get her to listen once you decide that is what you want to focus on.
     
    04-19-2012, 11:29 AM
  #7
Green Broke
The "herd dynamics" have changed with the addition of her foal - as such, there is some sorting out to be done as to who is the boss applesauce (you). This is new to her, and it's and adjustment for her - and for you. That does not excuse disrepect, but if you understand where it is coming from you can remember that rather than taking it personally you need to address it as a leader and reassert yourself into the role you want to be in.
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    04-19-2012, 01:10 PM
  #8
Yearling
Oh I let her know that being pushy was NOT an option lol k thanks guys for the info :) I'm too new to this baby thing! Do you think fox trotting is to much? She is trotting but refuses to foxtrot which I think would be easier to do...
     
    04-19-2012, 01:22 PM
  #9
Started
If the fox trotting requires more push from the hind, she is probably needing more time to recover from delivering a hundred pound foal. Slowly build up her muscles over the next 5 months and she should be back to her former glory ;)
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    04-19-2012, 06:40 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by mls    
3 months? We start the mares back at two-three weeks after foaling. Typically in an enclosed area so the foal doesn't need to be haltered and led.

Curious where your stats are for the torsion colic.
My vet told me the greatest risk for torsion colic is in a mare right after foaling was up until and including the first heat cycle....which is 3/4 weeks.

As far as starting a mare back to work my preference is 3 months......I think they deserve the time to be a mother.

I was also active right after birth......home with in 4 hours......doing normal stuff......but was told wait 6 weeks till I went back to full time exercise program.

Super Nova
     

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