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post #1 of 4 Old 05-04-2011, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Question Introducing a weanling to the herd - question

I'll make this brief. If you need more info let me know. I have an about 9 1/2 month old filly. She was recently weaned in an adjacent pen to the other three horses (one of which is her momma). We adopted the filly and her momma in March. They were kept together for about a week and a half to get used to their new surroundings, then separated to wean as the filly was still sucking on momma. The filly has been kept in the adjacent pen by herself since weaning. I want to get her moved in with the other horses (all mares - 3, 7, & 10). The only problem is that I'm concerned that she may be bullied when I put her with them and I don't want her to get hurt since she's smaller and probably not as quick as they are. Does anyone have any advice or comments? Thanks.
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If you're worried about her getting hurt or bullied, then don't leave her with them without supervision.

Perhaps stick an electric fence between her and the herd for a few days so they can talk but she can get away if they get a bit mean? Although foals are naturally submissive to adult horses so unless one of your mares is really a bitchy alpha that will bully and attack, she should be ok.
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I agree with blue eyed pony. She should be fine. The only thing I would worry about is that mama might be a bit more agressive with baby than the other mares. We had one mare who was extremely mean to her filly when we first put them back together. They should settle it out alright though, if you watch them.

I'd advise in just turning her out with them and watch them. Do that for about 30 minutes to an hour every day for a few days, and if all goes well, turn them all out together. The filly is big enough now to fend for herself if she gets nipped or kicked at as long as you keep an eye on them.

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The way I would handle that is to turn her out in the morning on a day that you will be around to watch all day long. Don't panic if there is some initial fighting/chasing because that's normal. Give them a few hours and they will most likely mellow out quit a bit toward her. Also make sure to keep a close eye at feeding time just to ensure that the older mares aren't chasing her off the feed. If they get through one full day and a feeding time or two with no major catastrophes, then she should be just fine to leave out there unsupervised.

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