Hope someone can reassure me on this one. My Arab mare foaled three days ago, and since then she's turned into the most unfriendly animal you can imagine. Normally she is friendly, although she's always had a streak of temper, but now she lays her ears back and swings her quarters towards anyone who approaches. She's defending her foal, of course, but we've never mistreated her so I don't know why she's so over the top.
This isn't her first foal, I don't know how her previous owners treated her when she foaled. Maybe she has had bad experiences in the past?
Anyway, she foaled three days ago and she's still very rude with us. I have no previous experience with brood mares but it seems like everyone on the forum can cuddle their foals no problem. I've only touched the tip of his nose when his mother was distracted in a bucket!
Is this normal? I can only approach her when she's eating. I stroke her and praise her, but the next time I try and come up to her it's ears back and bottom swinging all over again.
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