He sure is getting strong fast...he is not even 48 hours old, and he was running around, playing. We turned him out in the field, and he and mom had a great time exploring. Dez nearly had a heart attack though because we moved them...I am not sure what she thinks about her having a baby...she has not yet gone back into heat, but he is pacing his pen and crying like he was during their breeding week last year! Oh well, I am sure he will adjust.
Anyone have any ideas how long we should wait before trying to move her and the baby out to the field (more room to run and play) with the geldings?...and how we might go about doing it. I was thinking about removing the geldings, putting her and baby in, and then re-introducing the geldings one at a time (there are two of them). How long should we keep them alone before putting them out there? Will she protect him if the geldings get aggressive? Do geldings tend to get aggressive?
I still haven't figured out how to feed her if we move her out there (she needs so much more food now that she is nursing)...though she may not let the boys near her food with the baby there.
I think we may call him Blizzard (seeing how is snowed three inches in late april hours after he was born)... We still need to choose his regular registered name though... :)
Anyway...here are pictures from today...still a muddy mess here - yuk.
Gosh AK its been 2 years since we had babys but I think we kept them seperate for about 2 weeks. We don't have any geldings but the other mares were no problem. If one got too close mommy mare kept them away and protected her baby. Can you feed her with a strap on feed bag? Or just seperate her at feeding time?
OMG Gorgeous I love him :P and I love your Mare BTW I love Paints and Chestnuts! :P And Question Isent it dangerous to leave a rope halter on a horse in the field???? Anywayyy Gorgeous Babee I hope you keeep him