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        05-15-2009, 10:24 AM
    worried about the baby

    So one the mares in Calvins pasture is pregnant in fact is due anytime this week... anyways there is a Shetland in the pasture that is a stud and he is pretty wild so I am worried about Spirit getting the baby and hurting him/her. So I tell the lady she needs to move the mare and baby or do something about spirit?
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        05-15-2009, 12:23 PM
    Hmm... I think mom will be pretty protective of her baby. Most of the good ones are. Hah, my horse Ricci is very protective of my little one, Gracie, even if she isn't her baby, she still acts like it's hers. When I recently introduced a new horse into the pasture, the new horse would try and beat up on Gracie and Ricci always got in the way. Is this stud aggressive to the other horses? What is your definition of "wild?" He isn't broke? Or do you mean you plucked him up off the range with the Mustangs and there he sits as wild as can be? There's a chance it will be fine, but just in case, maybe you can talk the owner into moving mom into a different pasture or stall for a few days and then introduce baby and Spirit and take it from there. But if these aren't your horses, all you can do is express your concern and if you're able, monitor and call the owners or vet if something happens. Good luck!
        05-15-2009, 01:11 PM
    Please ask all involved to remove the stallion.

    1) The stallion can get aggressive towards baby, and all could end up hurt.

    2) The mare can be re-bred by the stallion on what's called a "foal heat." (I'm assuming that this wouldn't be the best thing in the world.)

    Stallion ownership is something that shouldn't be taken lightly.
        05-15-2009, 01:36 PM
    I would separate them. Baby could get hurt in the crossfire between mom and the stud. I kept our other horses ( a mare and gelding) away from baby for 2 months and just now introduced them all together. Aso just as JDI said your mare will have a foal heat and could be covered again.

    I would remove the stud.
        05-15-2009, 11:30 PM
    I would have to agree with everyone here.. I would seperate them because also as posted the stallion can and probably will get very aggressive with the baby and that would turn into a bigger mess then I'm sure any one would like to see...
        05-16-2009, 10:04 AM
    Someone posted this awful video of a stallion killing a foal in one of the other forums. I watched it and it was awful. I know that it took place out in the wild under different circumstances but stallions are stallions and I just wouldnt risk it.
        05-16-2009, 10:57 AM
    I'd seperate them, odds are the stud won't harm the foal but some will especially if their not the sire. And if you don't want her rebred as someone mentioned a mares foal heat is from 5 to 9 days after foaling.
        05-16-2009, 02:33 PM
    Okay now you guys really have me worried! Ahha I need to go over their! Thanks so much! I knew about the foal heat and that is what scares me because the older mare was also in heat about a month ago and she was being taken out ot be riden and he mounted Kristen and she had to let go of mindy or she was going to get hurt. She had 4 horse. Calvin, Mocha (pregant), Mindy and the stud. But thanks again!

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