06-06-2012, 10:17 AM
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She is definitely reacting to stress, although your post makes it sound like she had issues before the move and the move has only made them worse. To help relieve her stress try to find time to work with her every day. During that 30 minutes (or more) establish a routine that gets her focused more on YOU, not herself or her surroundings. That means getting her mind on what you ask her to do and then "mixing" things up enough to keep her mind on you.
In this case I would also suggest feeding her a magnesium supplement - which helps calm some horses. Maybe Quiessence? My mare was magnesium deficient - grouchy like yours is when she hadn't been that way the first 7 years of her life. Once I decided to try supplementing her - initially I didn't give her enough - and I gave her a high enough dose, it has even helped her during "that time of the month".
One other thing - when she pins her ears immediately get on her case and correct that behavior. By not establishing dominance (i.e. By allowing her to act threatening towards you) she has slowly gotten worse - so get a whip and or your hand and next time she pins her ears on good whack to let her know YOU are boss mare. (If she was in the pasture with another boss mare and pinned her ears at that mare, the boss mare would threaten, bite and/or kick to put your mare in her place, so you must also "discipline" your mare. She is not (yet) attacking you so make the punishment fit the crime - don't over do it. On the other hand ignoring her is not a good idea and will get you in trouble down the line.)