Help she is back to her old ways
Last year I rescued a 4 year old paint mare that was emciated, had a broken jaw which was abcessed and a bad case of rain rot. Last year she kicked me 3 times, kicked at me several other times, charged my neighbor and was generally a major witch! Anyway, after a lot of treats, time and patience she became an excellent trail horse and a horse that I felt safe around until recently. A few weeks ago we brought in a weanling filly and Rayne (the paint mare) has been acting up since. Last week I was petting the filly and I had my back to Rayne and she bit my arm. I decided that she was biting at the filly but now I am not so sure. When I go in the field to get Rayne she lays her ears back and walks away and I have to trick her to catch her and I haven't had to do that since last year. But in the past few days she has kicked at 2 of my friends and she never had a problem with them before. Could this be a jealousy issue? She hasn't acted right since the filly came in. What can I do to correct this behavior? If worse comes to worse we will get rid of the filly but do not want to do that. I have been trying to spend extra time with Rayne, taking her out of the field and letting her graze in the yard, grooming her and lots of love and treats but it doesn't seem to be helping. Rehoming Rayne is NOT an option!!! I love this mare and I know the horse that she can be. Any advice greatly appreciated!!!
Rayne ~ APHA mare - Rebel ~ APHA colt
Whiskey ~ grade filly - Moon ~ APHA filly