Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Very Aggressive New Mother
Help! I have a 6 year old QH mare. She had her foal, a colt 3 weeks ago tomorrow. I have had her since she was first weaned - about 5 months old. THis is her first baby.
She lets me touch the foal. When I try to get near her sometimes she comes at me with ears pinned back ready to bite. I have tried everything I can think of. I tried to give her treats (apples and carrots) only when her ears are forward. SHe will be fine for a time or two then will lunge at me across her stall gate. SHe almost got me in the face the other night. When I can get a hold of her halter and then put a lead on her...she is back to her old self, she will do everything I ask of her.
She was a little this way when she was pregnant. Not to this extent mind you. I would grab her halter and vigorously rub her face.... this seemed to help somewhat.
I have tried rescue remedy...about 10 drops - no effect.
I called the vet and tried atrivet, tried this for about 3 days and gave up.
Any ideas as to something I can try would be greatly appreciated.