November 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm
Hi,im horsetucker and my appaloosa mare seems to bite me,and she’s never done it until late in her 7th month of first ime mom pregnacy.please let me know if you know any way to figure out why she’s doing this and how to stop it,thanks!
!god's always lookin down on his cowgirls/boys!....HORSETUCKERNovember 7, 2013 at 9:41 amjoanie_boosTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1
when was the last time she was seen by the vet, sometimes it might be she trying to tell you something, just a hunch or she could just be the nervous mom she is and looking to you for support…they are funny animals….hope goes wells best of luck….November 7, 2013 at 9:44 ammaryann_blackTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1
It’s most likely because she is having a stud colt. The testosterone from the colt to make his little boy parts effect the mare and give her studdish behavior. My mare was all laid back with a filly and a hellion with the colt. I have talked with a vet and they said yes this happens.November 7, 2013 at 10:09 amjs_coldrenTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1
Understand that the foal is moving. Her hormones are changing. Her balance is off and she hurts. Do not let her put her mouth on you, but understand this is not the time to get into a battle with her. Ask yourself what may trigger the nip. Are you in her space? She will want to be alone as she gets closer to her date. Are you grooming her to hard? Her skin is sensitive now. And be careful when she foals, my normally sweet mares would bite hard right after they foaled. If you are going to imprint be sure someone holds the mare.November 7, 2013 at 12:03 pmdrparkerTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 5
Mares often have sensitive skin at this stage and they can become very possessive of their food. If you feel threatened it is definitely ok to correct her firmly, better now than later if she’s going to be protective of her foal. She has a lot of hormones affecting her right now as well, but I highly doubt it has anything to do with the gender of the foal. In response to an above comment I also do not recommend imprinting the foal as research has shown it can create hypersensitivity in the foal. Always consult a knowledgable equine veterinarian with behavior experience if you have any doubts or questions. Good luck!November 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm
Thank you guys for all the info,this is my first time,and im really neveous we only have 3 to 3.5 months left.Thank you!!:D
!god's always lookin down on his cowgirls/boys!....HORSETUCKERDecember 6, 2013 at 12:10 pmlfieringTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1
If you watch two horses together, one will nip the other in the location it needs to be groomed. Sometimes your horse will do the same to you. It could well be that you are seeing a behavorial change due to the pregnancy. However, if your mare is nipping at the same place in your body each time, she is trying to communicate that she is sore or has a concern about that location on her body.December 6, 2013 at 12:30 pmBeckTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1
It’s pretty typical behavior. I’ve cared for broodmares for the last twenty years and some of the easiest going ladies get really quite cranky in the last half of pregnancy. Some are actually dangerous so just be careful but once she foals (she may be very protective of the foal at first), she should go back to herself after a bit.December 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm
thank you guys for all the help and support I reall appricate it don’t know what i’d do with out you.
!god's always lookin down on his cowgirls/boys!....HORSETUCKERDecember 16, 2013 at 8:35 amold country girlTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 8
I have found that my normally passive horses can become nippy if they are uncomfortable or irratated, and pregnancy is definitly a condition that can bring that on. Just give her some space, excercise her normally, feed her normally, with no extra “because your pregnant” treats, and watch her sugar intake. She doesn’t need any changes in diet or routine now. Don’t put yourself in a proxmity where she can get her teeth on you, but close enough to be a comfort to her. I have to agree with the imprinting comment above, handling is good, but imprinting goes alittle too far in my experience. Kind of like “join up” can backfire too.December 16, 2013 at 9:22 am
Ever been pregnant? It gets pretty uncomfortable! I certainly felt nippy, . The important thing is to remind her of her manners – I find making THEM back away from YOU *immediately* works very well. All of our horses are trained to back when we wiggle the lead rope or give a hand signal – the faster/more vigorous it is indicates degree of reprimand (but never hit them!). Horses remind other horses by degrees – from ears back thru to biting. Nipping can become dangerous, so definitely needs strong correction.December 16, 2013 at 9:23 am
Ever been pregnant? It gets pretty uncomfortable! I certainly felt nippy, . The important thing is to remind her of her manners – I find making THEM back away from YOU *immediately* works very well. All of our horses are trained to back when we wiggle the lead rope or give a hand signal – the faster/more vigorous it is indicates degree of reprimand (but never hit them!). Horses remind other horses by degrees – from ears back thru to biting. Nipping can become dangerous, so definitely needs strong correction. Other replies have good suggestions too – do make sure she is healthy and comfortable. Best of luck!December 16, 2013 at 9:39 am
I have found Imprinting to be very valuable. We were doing it long before Dr. Miller wrote his book on it – horse crazy teenage girls and foals, couldn’t keep us off of them! If you haven’t read Dr. Miller’s book on Imprint training I would strongly suggest doing so – it is very informative. And if you are going to be raising the foal the more info you have on mare/foal/horse behavior the better.December 21, 2013 at 10:51 am
k i’ll definatly look at the book.:D
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