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    06-10-2011, 05:35 PM
Question Introducing foal

I have 3 minis, the oldest is a 5 yr old gelding about 40", the mare is 4 yrs old and about 35", she had her first foal 19 days ago. I have the pair penned up seperately from the gelding. They are tied out to graze every day and the foal does go over to the gelding to check him out, he is her uncle after all! I am wondering when it should be safe to pen them all together.
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    06-13-2011, 04:27 PM
Hi sunflower, welcome to the forum!
(How is your little filly doing since the vet was out? Getting better I hope!)
What did you name her? LOVE to see some pics!

Were your mare and gelding kept together until the birth?
Since the arrival has she acted protective/aggressive towards him?

Sounds like the filly and gelding are getting to know each other all ready.
If every one seems to be getting along just fine, and you are comfortable with it, I would think they could be together any time now.
I would certainly keep an eye on them to make sure all is going well....

Let us know how it goes!

    06-13-2011, 10:07 PM
Smile Foal update

Thanks for the reply, she is better. I named her Mystee Blue, turned them out to pasture tonight to run, she was lovin it! A couple pics for ya!(That is if I did it right, I'm not that great with the computer!)
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    06-13-2011, 10:37 PM
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What a cutie! LOVE the name.

I would think that it would be fine to pen them together as long as none of them show any agression towards eachother. We typically pen our dams and babies away from the herd for three weeks, then reintroduce them, usually without a problem (ofcourse ours in a herd of 12 mares and one gelding so... xD)

Good luck!
    06-14-2011, 12:01 AM
Well that is really good to hear, glad she is doing better!
She looks adorable, what color do you think she will end up?
I also love the name, what will you call her for short?

Is the Bay in the back ground your gelding then?
    06-14-2011, 10:33 PM
Yes, the bay is my gelding, Chucky, he is actually the mares full brother older by 1 year. The mares' name is Raynee, the foal will just be Mystee for short. I'm thinking she might be a blue roan, the mares mother is a blue roan. The sire of the foal was black. But who knows for sure, I'll just have to wait I guess.
    06-15-2011, 01:27 AM
That's part of the fun isn't it, waiting to see what your foal actually turns out like?
Have you decided to put them in together yet then?
Let us know how it goes....
    06-15-2011, 06:44 AM
Thumbs up Introductions went well

Yeah, they are all together out in pasture and Raynee is doing a great job of keeping the curious cows away.
    06-15-2011, 04:10 PM
Good to hear.

    06-16-2011, 10:02 AM
That foal is soooo adorable! Do you have to worry about wildlife? I am glad they are all getting along. Please share more pictures as she grows.

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