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  1. #1
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    Default 32 Year old pony mare wants to steal foal

    So, so strange.

    I've heard stories but it's never happened at Otteridge before.

    I had a Farnley Belshazzar filly foal born 5-11-10, approx. two weeks early. As a result, the mare (Farnley Snood) was NOT in the foaling stall (I have a TB mare in there that thus far hasn't foaled) but was in a stall that shares a automatic waterer. There is a window between the stalls that allows it to be shared and the 32 year old pony mare was in the other stall. This mare has been turned out with Farnley Snood for months, so they're good chums.

    Well.............Snood foaled and Belle (the 32 year old) must have either licked the filly, watched the birth or SOMETHING because now she's gone nuts over it. Seriously. My daughter was bringing the mare and foal back in the other afternoon and Belle (who has the run of the farm pretty much) charged at them!!! Katie wasn't sure if she was charging the mare, the baby or what exactly but Katie threw her arm around the baby and Belle took a huge bite out of her arm!!! If it had been the foal she would have been seriously hurt! As a result, Katie has a knot the size of Texas on her forearm. She walloped Bell on the nose and made her back off as she hurried the mare and foal in a stall.

    I'm sure others of you have had similar stories or heard of them, but oh. my. gosh!!!

    Belle flips out if she can't see the foal, stands outside their stall when they are in the barn and basically has to have them in sight. I've taken to putting her across the isle but she neighs the entire time she's out of sight from them.

    Sheesh!!!


    **edited to add - Belle has never had a foal of her own.
    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver, Equine Insurance Specialist



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    Our 25 yo Welsh mare did this 2 years ago. Had her out in a field with two other pony mares that were in foal. One was a maiden. God tapped me on the shoulder and told me to go down and get the mail. There in the front field was one pregnant mare at the gate wanting out and our old Welsh mare challenging the maiden mare as she was standing over a new born filly. The maiden mare was confused and scared. Fortunately I called to the house for help and we had enough people to get ahold of the old mare, get the other pregnant mare out of the field and get the maiden mare and her foal to their barn. We actually had to move the old mare to another barn she was screaming for the foal so loud!! This was the first time this has happened to us and also the first foal born outside!
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    I had a mare who had never jumped a fence (non riding type fence) in her life. Even when other horses broke the top board and went for victory laps in the farmer's pasture, she would just stand there and look wistful.


    One day I am turning out her daughter and her new foal, and this older mare hops the fence. Oh crap.. I step back trying to cradle the foal with me as there is nothing I can do if the two mares get into it. I lose the foal and just stand there.

    Older mare says hmmm nice foal. Daughter says thanks mom! Foal says what ever.. Now this foal was having a heck of a time following mom. I had to cradle foal in/out and let mom follow as baby was a little slow.. (or so I thought)

    All of a sudden Older mare says, I'll take it. Kicks out at her daughter slips in between mom and foal and trots off.. with the foal following!! I grab mom and stick her in a stall (poor thing is upset and horrrrribly confused) Go grab older mare and her granddaughter and the foal trots along side her as if she does this every day, and stick her in a stall, shutting the door before the foal can slip in.

    I then proceed to resuming turning out mom and foal, then turn out older mare who is acting like I have just weaned her from her foal....

    Strange creatures these horses be.
    Last edited by Aven; May. 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM. Reason: loose is not the same as lose



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    Great thread for a Sunday morning read! Victory laps around the neighbor's field The visual is very familiar!

    Ahhh .... baby envy. Me too!!
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    I have a donkey that will do this with foals and calves. Before we knew it was a problem she beat the heck out of one of our cows and stole its calf. The calf was trying to nurse from her and everything and it was a pain to straighten out. Now we know that we have to separate her from ANYTHING that is due to give birth. We don't turn her back out with either horses or cows until the babies are over a month old, know who their momma is and are strong enough to keep up with momma. She seems to not try to steal them after that point.
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    LOL! Forget the mare... you better look out for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverBalls
    LOL! Forget the mare... you better look out for me!

    YOU I can handle, that mare..........not so much!
    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver, Equine Insurance Specialist



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    When we lived in New York, we had one mare that was a "collector" She wanted her foal AND everyone else's too. She would let them all nurse and seriously go after their mamas. We had to keep this mare and her current foal seperate for a month or six weeks. She was a good mom, but kind of a nut.

    Hope your daughter is feeling better soon. Bites can really hurt for a while.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Somermist View Post
    When we lived in New York, we had one mare that was a "collector" She wanted her foal AND everyone else's too. She would let them all nurse and seriously go after their mamas. We had to keep this mare and her current foal seperate for a month or six weeks. She was a good mom, but kind of a nut.

    Hope your daughter is feeling better soon. Bites can really hurt for a while.
    Your mare is a hoarder! Does she run a 'foal rescue' also?



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    These old ladies can be too cute. We wean by pulling the mares out of the field, leaving the babies in with the other mares & foals. We had one mare who had the last baby end up nursing, oh, 11 foals. Had a baby roll under a fence once, and the barren old girl on the other side promptly accepted the foal and started herding it around.
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