Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
Protective mare... how to gentle the foal?
My uncle's mare, Ginger, had a foal awhile back, and I absolutely fell in love with it. It's pure white with two blue eyes, and very curious and trusting. My uncle has always told me that I can come out and work with his horses anytime I like, and I can show any of them if I want, and I was considering gentling this foal, then maybe showing it if I get along with it's personality. (I've very particular about what type of horse I'll show.)
Only problem is, Ginger is very protective. She doesn't strike out, but she'll stand between the foal and people/other horses, and trots off (with the foal following) if you bother her too much. No one has even figured out if the foal is a colt or filly yet!
I've trained two colts already -- Bandit and Dante -- and worked around various other foals and their dams, but I've never dealt with one that you just can't get near.
I was thinking that maybe if I get the pair in a round pen and just fawn over Ginger for awhile, maybe she'll warm up to me and trust me more around her foal, but that's the best solution I could come up with.