Originally Posted by Sentinel
Is it best to place him with another colt? Is it best to put him with a pony? The breeder recommended leaving the colt by himself so he would buddy up to me.
This advice makes me crazy. You don't want a 1000# "buddy". They are a royal PIA as well as dangerous. He's a horse not a dog.
If you have access to other colts (fillies will work for a few months but they get too pushy and aggressive by about 5-6 months) that would work. They will spend their days doing what they need to do, eating, sleeping, rough housing and growing. A pony or gelding would also work at keeping him in line and teaching him some manners. He needs to be with his kind if he's going to grow into a horse that can survive in a herd situation. Don't stress out about him being weaned at 3 months. He's not getting much nutrtionally from the mare's milk at this point and most colts by then are pretty much off doing their own thing and only come back to mom if it's really, really important (like a drink). Colts especially start dragging down their dams at about this time. If she's bred back, the owner is thinking of that too.