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    07-22-2008, 03:12 AM
  #11
Yearling
We started putting our mare/foal out with the other horses when our foal was about two weeks old. We still keep them housed separate, but put them out with the others when ever we can (we have no pasture, and mare/foal require so much more food!). Our horses all got along pretty well before she foaled, so putting her in with the geldings was tense while she told them off, but they all quickly settled in. Our one gelding took over as a babysitter and the other is really intimidated by the foal (who loves harassing him :) ).

The only advise I could give about getting a halter on would be to get as much hands on time with the foal as you can until he is relaxed with you being around him and touching him...it might make haltering easier. Working with mom too, might make baby curious about you enough to let you work with him.
     
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    07-22-2008, 01:18 PM
  #12
Trained
We leave our mares and foals alone for the first few days (up to 10 sometimes) until they have a really good bond and then we put them back out to with the other mares. We like them to grow up in a herd. We find it gives them much better social skills and it helps that all of our horses are really friendly so they teach the baby to be.
     
    07-22-2008, 06:57 PM
  #13
Showing
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Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch
We leave our mares and foals alone for the first few days (up to 10 sometimes) until they have a really good bond and then we put them back out to with the other mares. We like them to grow up in a herd. We find it gives them much better social skills and it helps that all of our horses are really friendly so they teach the baby to be.
Fehr has a good point. I didn't even cross my mind to post what she said as well.

Missy, as Fehr posted and as I assumed your post meant once they have have spent time together then can they go back with other mares.
I always kept my mares in for a solid month on their own before putting them with the rest of the herd again. I would have 2 paddocks side by side, one for mare and foal and the other for 2-3 minis for company that way the broodmare never was put under the stress of being alone or to be pushed around by the other minis-tho that particular broodmare that would normally foal would kill anyone horse within a 1 km radius in the initial stages of the foal being born.

Give mama some time with her munchkin then test putting them back with the rest of the girls :)

Is it this mare's first foal?
     

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