Our mare just foaled last week. When she did, she was in with the herd of 6 other mares. Most of the mares were crowding around the foal before we could separate the mom and foal. They are now in an area that is separated by a fence. The two older mares take turns standing at the fence watching them.
I'm just looking for opinions on when to let them back in the same pasture. Should we wait a month or even longer? Or should we start to let them mingle for short periods and increase the time? If the foal was older, I wouldn't worry as much about him getting hurt. The pasture the mom and foal are in doesn't have a hay feeder and its difficult to get hay in there without pulling off the mares bale and carrying it over by hand.
One other question concerning the foal. He's only a week and a half old but he seems to be trying to start eating the hay. He does have a few teeth coming thru already. When do foals usually start grazing or eating hay? He won't be weaned until at least 4 to 6 months from now. Is it ok for him to be trying to eat the hay? I know, sounds like a newbie! I'm not with horses, just with a foal.
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