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post #1 of 13 Old 05-24-2008, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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momma and baby back with other mare??

i suppose this would be the place to post this question.
When can i put my new momma and baby back out with my other horse(mare)?

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-24-2008, 02:37 PM
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Do you have to? If you can keep momma and baby in their own pen until baby is weaned i'd do so.
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-24-2008, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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no i dont guess i have to.
just was feeling sorry for my other horse, she acts lonely. lol
i know i dont want to at least until i can get the halter on the baby.
and i dont know if i can, at least not by myself, tried last night and today and couldnt get it done.
any advice on that issue?

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post #4 of 13 Old 05-25-2008, 04:31 PM
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Well it's totally up to you of course but on another forum I belong to a first time "momma" put mare and foal back with her other horses and now the foal's injured and it could be a permanent injury. Where I lease they breed APHA/AQHA horses and they're all kept in seperate fields from each other (ie. one horse to a pen unless it's a mare with a baby on her side).

As for putting a halter on, do you have a round pen or a stall? When I bought my weanling she wouldn't let me walk up to her let alone halter her. I had to get her cornered into a stall and close the door. I then waited until she calmed down and slowly kept trying to approach her and pet her. Once she let me do it I looped a lead rope around her neck and held it (I didn't tie it, just threw it over and grabbed the other end and held them together in one hand). That way you at least "have her" where she isn't making you chase her. Then with the free hand I tried over and over to put the halter on until she finally let me. Once I had it on, I didn't take it off!
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Re: momma and baby back with other mare??

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i suppose this would be the place to post this question.
When can i put my new momma and baby back out with my other horse(mare)?
My farm breeds shetlands, and they have a group of around 10 mares - most of them are in lessons, not all are bred every year. Anyway, so far this year, we only have one baby and he and his mother were out with the other mares after a couple of days. It is like this most of the time. Last year two mares lived with a stallion for the entire year and their foals were kept in there as well until they were re-bred.

I don't know if that's "advisable," but that's how it is done at my barn.

Also, there are a few horses with foals(last year.) The three mares lived with one another and their foals until they were weaned, then all the foals lived together and the mares went back out in the big fields. Also, there were a couple of welsh crosses with foals and they were kept with the shetlands.

I hope this helps. :) Good luck with them
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-26-2008, 04:12 AM
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As long as there is an established pecking order, there should be no reason that they can't go back together straight away. My mare went back with her buddy the same night, she made sure my other filly knew not to come near her foal!! The only problem lies when foalie gets caught up in the middle of mum telling the other horse off.
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-18-2008, 06:34 AM
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When we have babies, they are stalled for the first week or two, then in a seperate pasture in the daytime and stalled at night. (we live in a wooded area with lots of wildlife) at about a month they are let out with the other mares (and babies) in the daytime and stalled at night. Then at about 6 weeks to 2 months they are in a large pasture with other mares and their babies. We've never had an injury.
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-18-2008, 04:21 PM
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I think in general, the risks of any injuries (that usually would be non-esistent or very mild) is outweighed by the benefits. Foal learns social pecking order by being in a "group" (in this case a pair?) and still has Mom to guard him some. The mares will be happier to be together, and the exercise is MUCH better for a growing foal's hooves to be conditioned for later life. Not to mention he'll be better at handling himself footing wise and just be healthier in general, as will mom.

Pretty much after a couple of days in foaling pen, I'd reintigrate her into her usual herd. Mostly what you'll find is if the other mare gets too nosy, Mom will put her in her place and that's that. The foal will explore more on his own and learn to interact later.
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-18-2008, 06:11 PM
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I agree, until the baby's weaned don't put them out there. :) But it's really a personal preference; some do it right away & have no problems.

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post #10 of 13 Old 07-21-2008, 06:33 PM
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It really depends on the other mare. For the most part it shouldn't be a problem. Only ran into a bad situation once where the other mare was jealous of the mare's foul and there was a huge fight immediately after she was placed back in the field. They were separated and were not put back together until the jealous mare had her own foal.
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