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New Foal and Protective Mare--Help!
Hey guys, I've been away for a while! Some of you may remember me--I have a mare named Blondie who I thought was close to foaling a couple of months or so ago. She gave birth to a gorgeous palomino paint filly at about 3:48 am on Friday, April 19! Blondie has been a great mother. She lets the filly (named Kaepora aka KP) nurse as much as she likes. KP turned out to be an extremely nice, well-put-together girl. I watched the birth and started trying to get her used to people right away. She is very social and for the first few hours, Blondie had no problem with me and my husband doing whatever we wanted with her. Then, we were out of town for the weekend for work and now Blondie is very reluctant to let KP come near me. She does not show any aggression toward me, but she will come between me and the foal and push her aside. She will let me love on her, just not her baby. Is this because she's a new mother? Will she back off a little with time? Is there anything I can do? Any help would be greatly appreciated! This is her 3rd foal, but her first since I've had her.
Here's a picture of Kaepora!
Unfortunately I can't see the pic.
Tie mom up to something solid and love on baby right next to her. She isn't being aggressive but she's being a mom. She just needs to learn that she's not allowed to interfere with you and your hubby. If you fix it so she can't get between you and baby a few times, she'll probably calm down and get used to it. Most mares are pretty protective the first couple of weeks and then mellow out some. My husband calls it "the new wore off", they seem to be less and less concerned as the baby gets older. But, of course, if you wait til mom doesn't care, you end up with a little wild heathen on your hands.
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