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?