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    02-29-2012, 12:11 AM
My mares don't care much if the foals at 4 weeks go exploring as long as they can see them, and smell them. They will call to them if they get out of what the mare feels out of sight. I also have foals that will nurse from other mares, it seems they have babysitters in my herd, and community milk banks, the only mare the other foals won't nurse from is the alpha mare but her foal runs the roost and will nurse on who ever is convenient at the time. I don't know if it's possible for you to pony the foal when momma goes back to work on the trails, but it makes a a colt easier to break and be a good trail horse when they get older because of what they are exposed to on the trail. It takes a couple of times to get them used to the pony idea if the mare has never been ponied from and the foal isn't halter broke or broke to lead. I wouldn't do it down busy streets but in open country or nice trails.
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    02-29-2012, 05:11 AM
Hi, The fence has been re done now and the stable doors re inforced. The mare and foal have their own field, Side by side with the others. I let a couple of the younger ones and the oldies in with the mare and foal for maby an hour a day apart from that they are on their own.
Hopefully with the change of fence she cannot break free. She is completley destructive but the fences are strong.
Cmarie- that was the pain point of the post. She doesnt call the colt he can be ontop of one of the others the other end of the field and she doesnt shout for him.
This is what I found weird. But after reading posts I guess she just isnt attentive? Or doesnt feel a threat from the other horses? They don't even lift a leg at him they just pretty much shake him off.
The mare is the only one with milk! The rest are youngsters or geldings! But he still has a go anyways.
Unfortunatley I cannot pony him, at the moment we are but when our seasons starts he will have to stay on the field with my retired horse. The mare is not a lead horse and he cannot run free as he doesn't stay close. At the moment she goes to the beach for a gentle 15 minute walk x2 a week, and I either let him free or pony him, but when the toursits arrive I cannot do this.
    02-29-2012, 11:45 AM
She probably feels safe in her field, did she call to him when he was younger? If he's in with your other horses he should be fine, he'll be very hungry when the mare comes home, you can supplement him with milk replacer pellets if he's eating well, personally I wait at least 6 weeks before I ride my mares after they foal, it's just my preference, and I can safely take the foals out on the trails where I live with out them on a lead.
    02-29-2012, 12:26 PM
Yes she used to call to him when he was brand new, Then all of a sudden stopped. He just learnt to shimmy through the fence to get to the others and has a play about with them, How they have the patience with him I don't know as he's all over them! I started riding her this week, only at a walk, she was kept active till she dropped.
    02-29-2012, 12:41 PM
He's just getting his independence, it might be a go idea to start taking her away from him for short periods where they can't see each other, it will make her going back to work less traumatic on them, she not seem real attentive towards him but when they can't see them it could be different. Better to start now then have a wreck when the time comes.

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