Hi all. New poster here. Long time reader. My wife and I had two horses until recently. Toby is a 13 year old spotted saddle horse gelding. Star was a 28 year old off track thoroughbred rescue. We lost him 3 weeks ago to colic.
We recently purchased a 7 year old mare Quarter Horse. When we looked at her, she was very sweet and rode just great. Her grandfather was Smart Chic Olena and her great grandfather was Smart Little Lena. Both were champion, hall of fame Quarter Horses in reining and cutting. We thought we had found quite a gem.
We brought her to our place about 2 and half weeks ago. She immediately went into heat. That was not a surprise. In the past 2 weeks, she has just gotten mean. She won't let us near her unless she approaches us. Her ears are constantly pinned back and she tried to kick my wife this past weekend. At the place where we bought her, she let us groom her, pet her, tack her, etc. Now she won't let us near her.
We have been told to give her time. She is nervous about her new surroundings but in the past 4-5 days, she has gotten worse. My wife wants to send her back because she is afraid she won't settle down and we will be stuck with a dangerous horse that hates us.
I was just looking for some advice from you folks. I am sure this is not uncommon. Thanks!