Un-trained old dam and her young
The hardest barrier to over-come is that between human and .....a stubborn some what dangerous dam and her young.
About a year ago I came across this pretty little mare. Dapple grey nice conformation, nice straight back. Nice face etc.. well... She has NEVER had a halter on her and from what I can see.. She hates humans.
"X" happens and she ends up in my care. She just had a little colt "Koal". I was not present while she foaled, I'd hoped to imprint the young so he wouldn't fear humans as she does.
Before she gave birth she only allowed me to pet her neck 1 time.
Now she's threatening me spinning her hind quarters pinning her ears back.8 days later now and no suprise the little colt is starting to do the same thing as her but right now he's not threat.. its early training of hers. :( I don't like her attitude. It's not of fear. Its of.. stubborn threat. She thinks she's the boss. And after this long in her life... she's probably proven this to other humans. This needs to stop.
If it keeps on like this that foal is going to be a very violent lonely boy.
What is the best way to approach this situation in a natural gentle way, so I don't get kicked and every one is happy?
And the both of them understand that he is going to get horsemanship training from me and mom is going to have to stay busy. Eating? Watching? I don't know..
I'd appreciate your opinion or tips. Thank you..