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MsLady 09-14-2013 01:08 AM

5 month old colt with new foal
 
Right now in our pasture we have Sage (11 y/o dominate mare), Lady (3y/o mare), and Cowboy(5 month old colt, has not dropped yet). Sage is due to foal any day now. We are new having foals. It was brought to our attention that we may want to seperate Cowboy from them as when the foal is born he may injure or kill the new foal (unintentionally). When Cowboy was born we had a 6 month old filly with them and had no problems. Is this just with colts or are they just being extra causious?
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elbandita 09-14-2013 02:28 AM

I would be More worried about the dominant mare than the colt.

PaintHorseMares 09-14-2013 05:14 AM

I wouldn't worry any more about a 5 month old colt than a 6 month old filly. People go both ways on this, many always separate foaling mares to be cautious, many leave them in the herd. We always have to separate them anyway because our normal hay is fescue and we feed pregnant mares pure orchard grass.

CLaPorte432 09-14-2013 07:38 AM

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with such a young colt (5 months) i would not be concerned at all. momma will take care of the baby just fine. no need to separate imo. hes too young to cause anything more then baby troubles.
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CLaPorte432 09-14-2013 07:39 AM

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Originally Posted by elbandita (Post 3630329)
I would be More worried about the dominant mare than the colt.

if you read, the pregnant mare IS the dominant mare. ;-)
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usandpets 09-14-2013 09:23 AM

I too wouldn't be worried. If Cowboy was a full fledged stallion(older) and Sage popped out a colt, I might worry. Sage probably has already put Cowboy in his place and will protect the newborn.
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MsLady 09-14-2013 10:39 AM

Thanks everyone!
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MsLady 09-14-2013 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432 (Post 3630801)
if you read, the pregnant mare IS the dominant mare. ;-)
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Thanks, I wasn't quick enough :-)
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SunnyDraco 09-14-2013 11:13 AM

The only concern I would have is during delivery, a young and curious onlooker may get to close, step on things they shouldn't by getting right where the action is happening and stress the laboring mare out.

MsLady 09-14-2013 11:17 AM

He is pretty scared of Sage, I think even if she is down and in labor, if she pinned her ears he would run to his momma!
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