The first time Takala was turned out she was ten days old. By then Tenakee, her dam, still watched over her closely and would fret when Tenakee was out of sight. Now that Takala is a month old, I can keep Tenakee in her stall and let Takala out in the indoor arena to burn off some energy and Tenakee could care less. The outdoor arena where I let Takala out doesn't have electricity running to the fence and Takala has figured out she can get out of the fence, so no more play time out there. Tenakee does not like the other horses around Takala, and with everything considered I would not let them out in the herd for a while now. (Our fence is crap, pasture is muck, and we don't nearly have enough acreage fenced off to put Takala and Tenakee out with the herd. Come spring the weather will be more forgiving, and we are adding new fence.) It all depends on the situation you have. Some mares are different, and if you have a big pasture where mother and foal can get away from everyone, then I don't see much of a problem. Plus if you have a herd that consists of less dominant horses, or ones that are not instigators it may not be as big of a deal.
I certainly am not a breeder, as Takala is my first foal, but that's just my two cents about it.
Last edited by ButtInTheDirt; 03-10-2013 at 05:05 PM.