Originally Posted by PaintsAqha
Make sure that anything you use on the baby you introduce to the mare first.
If it has another foal or mares scent on it the mare might take an offensive stand.
I have heard of mares going after their babies that are blanketed with an unwashed blanket. Or a washed blanket that has been put where it can pick up other scents.
Always better to be safe.
As for her crankiness, I have found that the bond you have with the mare goes a long way towards how she feels about you being near the baby. If you have a strong bond with your mare, she will trust you to be around the baby and know you won't hurt it, We don't ever have a problem with our mares trusting us. Now strangers, they may or may not tolerate near their faoals.