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post #1 of 3 Old 04-15-2019, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Question on pasture mates for mare

My mare is due to foal in the next month or so (came to me pregnant so this is an estimate). I’m keeping her at pasture as she is a horrible cribber. My questions is: is it ok to keep another mare or two that she is comfortable with in her pasture (3 acres) or should she be solo? The mares in her area I prefer to keep separate from the ones in my larger turnout but I don’t want her stressed or to danger the baby. This is my first experience with a foal and her first foal to my knowledge. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-16-2019, 01:16 AM
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Best case scenario would be if there are other mares with foals or due to foal. Lacking that it's my opinion that it's better for the foal to grow up in a herd so yes turn a couple of the mare's friends out with them. She'll keep them away from baby at first but eventually she'll be comfortable with letting them interact.

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Unless you know how the other mares act around a foaling mare and newborns then for foaling she should be alone. Not necessarily stalled but in an area the others can look but not touch. When baby is older and you have seen how they act at the fence then turning out can be done. I'd suggest adding one at a time. I've seen first hand what can happen when an aggressive mare goes after a newborn. Not pretty and separating after the fact was a nightmare. The mare that became aggressive to baby was actually the sweetest calmest mare in the pasture to older animals. I've personally had a mare try to steal a newborn in a situation where a new mare that was unbeknownst to us pregnant so we had no due date to work with foaled way ahead of what the vet thought would be go time. Sorting that out was no picnic either. If you can set up a pen with fencing that is foal safe inside or alongside where she is at she'll do fine.
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