My question is about mood changes in a pregnant mare. My normally very sweet 13 year old QH maiden mare was bred this May. Because of her age and because she did not take the first time, the vet had her on Regumate for about 60 days. The only bad habit she has ever shown is a tendancy to make a face as if to nip, though she never actually did - until just recently. I was shocked one day when walking over to open the pasure gate to let horses out to feel a slight nip on my shoulder - I turned around expecting to smack my husband's mare and came face to face with my own! This was completely unexpected and unlike her, but it has since happened once more. In general she seems much more cranky than normal. Long story to ask a simple question - is it unusual for a mare to experience this type of mood swing relatively early in the pregnancy? Thanks so much for any feedback you can give me!
Well, one mare I know gets really unhappy if I try to touch her udder when she gets close to foaling. She will sometimes try to kick or bite. But I haven't had a mare just bite me when I'm not touching her udder or something. I have heard though that some mares will really have mood swings when pregnant and then are back to normal after the foal is born.
Thanks for your feedback. Hopefully this is just a case of the mare who has extreme mood swings when pregnant because she has never been grouchy like this before. The first time she nipped me (not a hard nip but something that certainly got my attention), I'm certain she was irritated with me taking so long to get to the gate. Maybe a few others with experience with pregnant mares will also weigh in. Thanks!
OH MY GOD...... any one want to talk about mood swings??? I have to say a nip is getting off easy!! My mare (16 maiden, part arab) is generally a good mare tho does have a tendency to be challenging, I am always on my toes with her... the MINUTE she fell pregnant she turned into an absolute WITCH!!! Her foal is a month old and she wont even let me near her anymore... (shes not worried about me handling the foal.. its her im not allowed near.) I have to feed her if I want to handle the foal (who is absolutely gorgeous in everyway) but mum is a nightmare.