Okay, I guess the title may be a bit confusing, but here is the situation. Izzy, my Foxtrotter mare, gave birth to Zane about 3 weeks ago. I am just starting to ride her again and pony Zane along with us. (She's had about a 2 month hiatus due to the pregnancy. She was huge!)
The problem is, she is so full of energy, is is practically bursting at the seams. Now if it weren't for Zane, I would take her out for some 2-3 hour trail rides and burn the energy right off, but because we are taking Zane with us, we can only go out for maybe 20 minutes or so.
So especially once I turn for home, she is a bit of a fire-breathing dragon. Not horrible, but barely under control and she will hardly walk and Zane can hardly keep up on the way home. If I stop her and make her stand for a minute so he can rest, it just seems to get her more excited. So while she isn't exactly miss-behaving, I am having a hard time ponying the foal and keeping the mare under control at the same time. I am afraid we are a wreck waiting to happen. I tried running her around in the corral today while having Zane tied just outside, to see if I could burn some energy off of her before we rode, but it just seem to make them both upset.
The reason I am putting this in the nutrition section is I am considering cutting out most of her daily 3 lbs of oats. She is also getting 2 lbs. Of Purina Enrich 12 for her vitamins and minerals, and a big quantity of alfalfa hay. I haven't weighed the alfalfa, but I feed her at least twice as much as my geldings. She seems to be at a good weight, not really overweight or underweight.
Should I cut out the oats? Reduce the alfalfa? Try to ride it out and hope for the best? I hear that lactating mares need a lot more calories than they did when they were carrying the foal, so I am a bit hesitant to cut her portions, but if there is anything I could do to calm her down a bit, I am willing to try.
I am not normally a person to try to control a horse's energy level by cutting out feed, that is not my style. I usually just work them more, but with the foal in tow, that is really hard. Any suggestions?
The mare has always been a tad on the "hot" side when not worked regularly, but when she was ridden regularly, she got to be pretty calm. I want to get back to that point somehow, especially since I am ponying the foal.
Am I just stuck, since I can't ride her much with the baby in tow, or am I feeding her too rich? Just ride it out and hope for the best? Give up and wait until baby is older? (I kind of hate to do that.) At what age could I leave the foal at home for a couple of hours to try to ride the mare by herself? Not for a while I am guessing. Help?