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    06-18-2013, 04:33 PM
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Foal
New baby with very protective mare.

The filly was born on 6/8/13 at 11:38 pm. It was really exciting to watch. Momma let us sit in her field and watch the birth and watch them bond. But now Shwee (mare) won't let anyone near her. Once in while Sugar (filly) is allowed to come up to me but most of the time Shwee comes at me with her ears pinned back. She tried to bite me about a week ago. I am very nervous around her now, and I try not to be. Any ideas on how to get a handle on this? I really would like to do imprinting and get them both checked by the vet. And get Shwee's hooves trimmed.
     
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    06-18-2013, 05:03 PM
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Weanling
This is normal with mares - they are just going back to their "wild" protective instincts. Our mare foaled in March and for the first day or so we could do anything,t hen the hormones kicked in and we were barely able to enter her stable and muck out. This lasted for a couple of weeks when she calmed down considerably (we had been warned by the vet that this could happen even with the gentlest of mares) and we able to give her baby a scratch and a rub.
Now, he's 3 months old and she keeps a watch on him from afar unless there's food around then she's first to us lol. But we can do pretty much anything we like with him now and she trusts us and knows we're not going to hurt her precious foal!
We weren't experienced enough to hobble her or force the situation, but we had some good advice and plenty of willing helpers when she had clamed enough for us to start his "training". He's now able to be led round the field, we can spray him with insect repellant, lift his feet and groom him and worming's no problem at all! He's too **** nosey for his own good but we gave her a bit of time and that worked for us. Maybe ask your vet for advice too and they may have a different answer.
Good luck and be careful - a mare will go to any lengths to protect her baby xx
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    06-18-2013, 05:32 PM
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Foal
Everyone tells me to be patient, LOL... When I bring her feed in she does very well. When she wants food she will start hollering at the fence. When I approach the fence I tell her "back" and she will back up and turn and walk to her feeder and stand there and wait for me to put her food in it. But that's as far as her niceness goes for now. For now I guess I will just take every little chance I have to get close to baby, even if it is just a scratch on the nose every now and then.
     
    06-18-2013, 05:32 PM
  #4
Yearling
Leave the baby be and focus on mom. Bring her treats, brush her and get her comfortable with you around and not just at feeding time. She'll' ease up and let the baby start sniffing you up in time and then you can start working with baby.
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    06-18-2013, 05:41 PM
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Weanling
I agree - ignore baby and mum will not stress as much about you being close (although our mare wasnt really interested in us touching her - just as long as we didn't touch him).
The more settled she is, the less nervous the foal will be around you.
It shouldnt last for long, its the hormones talking lol.
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    06-18-2013, 06:29 PM
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Showing
Why do you want the baby's hooves trimmed. Their hooves don't look the same as a yearling. She has baby feet. If you have a good farrier, let him be the first to handle her hooves. This can set them up for life instead of someone messing it up for a long time.
     
    06-18-2013, 06:54 PM
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Foal
Oh no... misunderstanding...I need to trim Mom's hooves. I got her from a place that rescued her along with 14 other head of horses. I guess these guys had been neglected for almost a year I was told. I was told when I got her she was due to foal in about 3 weeks and farrier said to wait because if she happened to kick at him she could lose the foal. (I guess it's happened, that's why he refuses to do it now) So we have been waiting. We got her March 29th and she finally foaled on 6/8. I didnt have much time to prepare and I was more worried about her and babies health. I need to get her weight up and eating healthier, so under the supervision of our vet we focused on this. So, that's why her hooves are in bad shape.
     
    06-22-2013, 01:04 PM
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Weanling
I would just wait until mum calms down - hopefully this'll be soonish - let your farrier know that you'll be calling on him/her as soon as she's ready - or your farrier may be confident enough to trim while the foals next to mum but another few days or a week probably won't make much difference if mum isn't approachable at the moment. Xx
     

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