I hope I'm in the right forum. We have a 15 month old filly. She's been separated from her mother a couple times for a matter of months each time, but we have her and her mother in our corral together and three different people have said we need to separate them because Bella (our filly) will bond with her mother instead of to our son.
We have the mom because we can ride her. Bella's too young to ride. How bad is it having them together??? The mother belongs to our friend and we could ask if we could keep a different horse of hers for riding. It's just that I want a female so I don't have to worry about Bella getting pregnant, and the other female we might be able to keep is only two years old and barely ridden. She's sweet and nice, but Nike is six years old and has been ridden a lot more. We are new horse owners.
What do you think? I can't tell that Bella is bonding too much to her mum, but what do I know. Not much.