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    06-01-2011, 11:44 AM
Mares/Foals & Riding

We are entertaining the idea of allowing a girl to keep her horse here in our pasture, giving us a 2nd horse to ride. BUT. She has a VERY young foal by her side. What is the length of time to start light riding - in the pasture first - with this dam? Days, weeks, months?

Th girl says she already has someone who wants the foal when it weans - and I'm cautious to agree without being paid *something* if the foal is going to be here for 4-6 months bc it will limit the ability to ride her horse and we'll need to "mess" with the foal every day. Not that I'd complain about that, mind you!

She is paying for all farrier, vet and feed.

We haven't yet given her an answer - still discussing.
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    06-01-2011, 12:34 PM
I would not recommend putting the mare back into work until after the foal is weaned. All of the extra vitamins and nutrients being feed to the mare should be used to produce milk for the foal. Even though a stroll through the pasture may sound nice, it can cause a great deal of stress on the animals. That in turn will create a dangerous situation for yourself, the mare, and the foal. The mare's body has gone through so much in the past year developing, birthing, and now nursing this foal, why stress it further?
    06-01-2011, 12:35 PM
I just put my mare back into light riding this week, her colt is a month old.

I agree on being cautious especially not being paid. You might end up having more work than planned & not much reward if she doesn't get it sold. I too have a prospective buyer very interested in my colt, but never call one sold until cash is in hand.
    06-01-2011, 01:17 PM
I don't mind providing a place for her mare and foal but if I'm not getting to ride her or keep the foal, then I think she should pay me something, bc this will prevent us getting a second horse entirely. We only have so much room. :( I dont' know this girl but I get the feeling she is in a bind - finding a place - not sure about financially. Even if she does have an owner lined up for the foal, if she needs a place to keep the mare and foal and can't afford to pay for it, then I'd think asking for the foal wouldn't be out of the question - would it? Even at that, the cost of pasture boarding would not equate to a free foal, unless that foal were worth a lot of money - which given the circumstances, I doubt.

MH - where in Indiana are you located? I'm in Orange County.
    06-01-2011, 01:31 PM
Cool, another hoosier! I live just north of Lafayette....I'm sure you've heard the lovely jingle "there's more than corn in Indiana Beach..." I'm about 7 miles from that monstrosity.

Absolutely she should pay you something, even if it is only pasture board. I'd think hard on what your boundaries & bottom line are and go from there. Whatever you do, type it up, sign it & do it in front of a notary. We've only had 2 boarders in almost 50 yrs of the farms existence and I can say without a doubt, I will never have another!
    06-01-2011, 04:11 PM
Um, nope never heard the jingle - but, I've only been a Hoosier since last June!

I just sent her a text asking her if she would trade the mare for "board" since we couldn't theoretically do much (if any) riding until the foal was weaned. Allowing them to stay otherwise would be free board and I'm not up for that. No reply so far. I did ask for the foal off the bat but she says she has someone who wants him/her....

Which leads me to another thread to start....
    06-01-2011, 04:37 PM
You are lucky, its an over-rated amusement park on one of our lakes...our little town of a few thousand swells to 100,000 in the summers, ick.

Good luck, hope she is willing to work something out!
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    06-01-2011, 05:45 PM
O M G -

We moved from a fairly large city (pop: 750,000) to a pop: 2,000 last summer. I LOVE it and can't imagine ever ever ever living near a city again!! As it is, we live 9 miles to town in one direction and 10 miles to a different town in the other direction and 45 mins - 1 hr from the city!

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