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post #1 of 5 Old 01-14-2008, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Strange behaviour

Hi everyone,

As some of you may or may not know, Meg is in her final 8 weeks of pregnancy, and she's started doing something very out of sorts.
When I muck out, I have a large bucket (fits on the front of a JCB or tractor like machine.) I can usually muck out for three days and then it needs emptying......
Well back to the subject, Meg has decided its fun to sniff all in it, and then scrape some out using her front hooves, then after a while she will turn round and urinate in the large bucket!!! I'm not talking as in a small squirt or trickle, we're talking the full blown dams breaking job. Is this some kind of territorial behaviour? A sign of something else? I just dont know, it has me baffled.
Does anyone have any ideas?
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-14-2008, 03:58 PM
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Pretty bizzare, I wonder if its the smell of her urine she is attracted to. I know when our girls were pretty close to their due dates the urine got really strong in odor. She may be wanting to spread her scent around as some sort of territorial warning to other horses. Like "this is my place, my nest for my baby"

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-15-2008, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
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I wondered that. Its just so strange. Thanks Vida.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-17-2008, 10:13 PM
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it's a territorial/hormonal thing and quite common (at least with the mares that I've been around)
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-18-2008, 02:58 PM
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Yeah it is quite strange... but i agree with Frog, it is probally just a hormonal thing...

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