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post #1 of 6 Old 10-31-2011, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Mare's personality after foaling.

Hey everyone, I was just wondering if I could get some different opinions. My mare foaled just short of a month ago. She has been a great mom. Very calm and will let you do anything to the foal. Foal is also great, loves people. I recently moved her to a new boarding facility. Before I moved her, I had rode her a number of times and she was fine except for one time where she blew up. She had never done this in the past. She jumped away when I went to get up, and went bucking like a bronc. She rode fine the times after that until I moved her. Today when I went to ride, her mind was all over the place. She is fine in the field by herself, not spooky acting or anything. But when I brought her up to get saddled she was snorting and looking around frantic like something was about to attack her. The foal has been with her the whole time. Never out of her sight.

So having said all that. Any opinions? I thought that it might be the new environment. Might be best if I just give her a break. Some time off, and concentrate on working with the foal for now. Then take time and start her off in a while starting with groundwork up.
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The "like" mean you agree? I hope I'm doing the right thing. Please feel free to reply. And has anyone else experienced things like this?
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Has she been seen by a chiropractor/is there any way she could be seen by a chiro? Her behavior sounds like a pain response to me, especially if she's never acted like that before... I would imagine that all sorts of things have changed with her body after carrying around and supporting a foal for a year and maybe something changed in a way that is causing her pain undersaddle.

I've never had chiro work done on my horse (she probably needs it...) so I can't say anything from experience though...

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I could have her looked at by a chiropracter. There is one that comes to our clinic every so often. It could be pain. But it also seems behavioral. Acting extremely high strung. And she's usually a quiet mare.
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Has she been seen by a chiropractor/is there any way she could be seen by a chiro? Her behavior sounds like a pain response to me, especially if she's never acted like that before... I would imagine that all sorts of things have changed with her body after carrying around and supporting a foal for a year and maybe something changed in a way that is causing her pain undersaddle.

I've never had chiro work done on my horse (she probably needs it...) so I can't say anything from experience though...
What Wallaby said, plus you've changed her environment. She's probably protecting her foal from all those unknowns, thus putting her in an edgy state.

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Id put it up to the change in barns. From the sounds of it the first time she blew up was due to not being ridden for a while. Horses do that. They get green. The second time sounds like she's still getting used to the barn. That kind of change takes a while to adjust too. Especially if all your instincts are telling you to take care of the baby at your side. If not being ABSOLUTELY sure of something that could possibly harm your baby comes into view why not make SURE if it IS dangerous, your baby isnt around it. Id try getting her calmed down in the barn. Not just in a stall but walking around and letting her see things.
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