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    04-21-2010, 02:53 PM
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Yearling
Mare and Foal out with another mare???

Ok, this is my mares 3rd foal, and the last. (we are choosing not to breed her again unless something happens that this foal ends up racing very well and such) anyway, her foal is almost 2wks old now, and we have one huge paddock split into 2. We usually put the mare and foal on one side, and the other mare (her second foal actually, she's 2 this year) on the other side.

Our problem is right now we are trying to keep them out of the other paddock. With the rain and blah blah blah there is just no grass left. It was all tilled and sodded and we are waiting for the grass to grow. So we are left with only one paddock.

When can I put them all together in a paddock? Right now we are rotating them in the paddock so they can all get out, but arent out together. I wouldnt worry so much if this baby would stay by her mom, but she's very independent. Since the first time out she has NEVER stayed by mom and therefore we have had to halter and lead break her already for when we are moving them to the barn and paddock, and back, or else she just takes off wherever she feels like going.

I just don't want anyone getting hurt being out together. Momma is big and heavy so I don't worry about her, but I don't want the little foal getting hurt, and not my 2yr old either. Any suggestions or just keep doing what we are doing?????
     
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    04-21-2010, 03:31 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I have a mare and 2 week old foal that is now out in the pasture 24/7 with an 8 year old unrelated gelding, a 10 year old unrelated pony mare, and a yearling stud colt that is the mare's baby from last year. I started out slow, letting them out supervised for an hour at a time, staying on hand with the lunge whip if needed, when the foal was only 2 days old. For the first 2 days or so the mare was very protective, and chased the other horses away from her foal if they got too close, which I permitted. There was only one minor instance where my pony mare tried a few times to "steal" the foal and got a couple bite marks on her rump for her troubles. It took only a few days for them all to be fine together, and now, at two weeks, the mare will graze across the pasture from the foal while it sleeps, and the yearling colt has adopted "babysitter behavior" in assisting looking after the little filly.

I think you have less to worry about with a 2 year old filly that is out of the same mare. Just make sure they are well supervised until you are SURE they are safe together, start small!

Good luck, and post us pictures of your little one!
     
    04-21-2010, 07:09 PM
  #3
Foal
They should be fine together, once they are about 2 weeks old they are able to get out of the way if needed, and they need to learn how to socialise with others. Mum will keep an eye on her and step in if she feels the need to. We run ours out in a mixed herd of youngsters and geldings and introduce mares and foals back in at about 2 weeks old onwards.

And Indyhorse - if you're running a yearling colt out with mares - it can and will get mares in foal including it's mother as she will be coming into season soon, he needs to be separated with the geldings. He could also get serious injuries from trying to cover as he is only a baby!
     
    04-21-2010, 08:35 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Alexart    
They should be fine together, once they are about 2 weeks old they are able to get out of the way if needed, and they need to learn how to socialise with others. Mum will keep an eye on her and step in if she feels the need to. We run ours out in a mixed herd of youngsters and geldings and introduce mares and foals back in at about 2 weeks old onwards.

And Indyhorse - if you're running a yearling colt out with mares - it can and will get mares in foal including it's mother as she will be coming into season soon, he needs to be separated with the geldings. He could also get serious injuries from trying to cover as he is only a baby!
He's scheduled to be gelded in a week and a half, assuming he is dropped enough for the vet to do so (last time my vet checked, he wasn't). For now I am keeping a close eye on him (I'm home all day) and any signs of heat from mama he is to be stalled. She's already passed the receptive stage of her foal heat, which he was separated out for.
     
    04-22-2010, 09:39 PM
  #5
Yearling
Thanks for the info guys! I just didnt know about all that because we have never had other horses around when she had a baby with her.
     

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