Originally Posted by The Wolf Queen
Im also wondering if she is so aggressive because this is her first baby...
I've found nature's mothers (I've dealt in numbers with cows and mares primarily) protective instincts are driven by their maternal lines. Some variability is to be expected, even with the same cow/mare on different pregnancies/deliveries. First time mothers, especially if they are only two years old, may (or may not) be as attentive/protective as they may be on subsequent motherhoods. If she is that protective on her first then she will always be this way. Luckily, most mothers in nature will back off considerably after the first couple of weeks.
My mare is behaving much better with this foal than she did with a previous baby a couple of years ago. Then, she came at me with teeth and front feet. In contrast, the year before that, she was more tolerable. When not in foal this is one of the best riding horses I have ever owned. She can be a bit balky to a new rider but if you set the tone early no problems the rest of the day.
So with all that said, I love my horses the best. I broke my first pony 38 years ago at the age of 10 enjoyed my many experiences since then. Learning their language and communicating on their level remains a joy to me. Take good care of your little one and you will have given it the best "human relationship" start a horse could have.
Yesterday two of my children and I were in the pen with Magnolia. After rubbing her and picking up feet, etc. we all stood together in front of her. We took three quick steps forward and she quickly followed. We then ran forward 5 or 6 steps and she ran after us. It was a good example for my kids in how impresssionable these young animals are. We all had a ball.